Featured Wanted: Covenant Theology Intro/Overview Book Recommendations

Discussion in 'Covenant Theology' started by S. Alexander Johnson, Mar 14, 2019 at 3:03 PM.

  1. S. Alexander Johnson

    S. Alexander Johnson Puritan Board Freshman

    I'm looking at starting a reformed Bible study in St. Cloud, MN (central MN) that may turn into a PCA church plant. I'm considering studying covenant theology and I would like some book recommendations on the topic that overview all the covenants of Scripture that is accessible to lay people.

    Thank you!
  2. Reformed Covenanter

    Reformed Covenanter Puritan Board Doctor

    The book that I would most like to recommend is Thomas Boston's A View of the Covenant of Grace. That one might not be accessible enough for your Bible study group, however. You might want to try Jonty Rhodes' Raiding the Lost Ark.
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  3. Reformed Bookworm

    Reformed Bookworm Puritan Board Sophomore

    You would be hard-pressed to find a better introduction than Jonty Rhode's Covenants Made Simple.
  4. S. Alexander Johnson

    S. Alexander Johnson Puritan Board Freshman

    Has anyone read Sacred Bond by Brown and Keele? If so, would you recommend it?
  5. Contra_Mundum

    Contra_Mundum Pilgrim, Alien, Stranger Staff Member

    I have. It does a fairly good job. You could certainly do worse, and perhaps not much better for that level of presentation--a Bible study and Sunday School approach.

    It is a 21st Century approach. It does not show the greater part of any debt to a classic-formulation. It relies on a Klinean framework for explaining connections between the covenant-expressions in the OT. I wish it did more to unify the post-fall covenant-motif in connection to the Covenant of Grace. I'm not saying that it is absent, but that there is an emphasis on the temporality of the Mosaic/Siniatic covenant; and that can overwhelm the continuity of the Covenant of Grace theme that is essential to classic covenant theology. The opposite argument is: that there was insufficient attention given to the deficiencies of the Mosaic covenant for about 100yrs (from the late 19th-late 20th Centuries); making it necessary to draw those out noticeably in our era.

    If you lead this course of instruction, whatever book you choose (and S.B. would be suitable, I mean no otherwise) I trust you will take advantage of the full range of classical resources, such as Boston previously mentioned, and Witsius' Economy of the Covenants. The OPC's 2016 GA report on Republication https://opc.org/GA/republication.html helps put Kline's CT contributions in a historic and theological context, and can aid in preventing misreading of that language in S.B.
  6. Shanny01

    Shanny01 Puritan Board Freshman

    If you don't mind me asking what church do you attend up there? I attended college and lived there from 2015 to 2018.
  7. Reformed Covenanter

    Reformed Covenanter Puritan Board Doctor

    Some of the sources cited in the Covenant Theology section of my historical theology blog may be of interest, but these could be too specialist. Part of the problem with being asked to recommend one book on CT is the difference of approaches among covenant theologians. I favour seeing the CoG and CoR as two ways of looking at the same covenant, not two covenants. Moreover, I believe that the CoW was republished at Sinai for pedagogical purposes. Others disagree with these views, but without going against the Westminster Confession.
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  8. S. Alexander Johnson

    S. Alexander Johnson Puritan Board Freshman

    First Presbyterian Church of Hinckley.
  9. S. Alexander Johnson

    S. Alexander Johnson Puritan Board Freshman

    I see you've been connected with Redeeming Cross and Pastor Luke! I love that brother! I have a handful of friends who attend there.
  10. Shanny01

    Shanny01 Puritan Board Freshman

    He and the church have been a blessing to myself. Part of the reason I moved to Minneapolis was to find a 1689 church and the Lord did not disappoint. Without wanting to derail the thread further I do hope and pray that you're able to establish a reformed witness up there because it's just littered with Romanism and shallow evangelicalism with few exceptions.
  11. Stephen L Smith

    Stephen L Smith Puritan Board Junior

    Dr McMahon's Covenant Theology made easy
  12. KMK

    KMK Moderator Staff Member

  13. littlepeople

    littlepeople Puritan Board Freshman

  14. JTB.SDG

    JTB.SDG Puritan Board Sophomore

    Not to self promote, but I've been working on a fairly in-depth study for the last few years; you can find it here: www.ruinandredemption.com. The covenant with David will be finished Lord willing in the next month or two.

    The classic of course is O Palmer Robertson's work. Ligon Duncan has very good materials as well, but they are more in manuscript form than study form. I echo the recommendation for Jonty Rhodes little book for an extremely helpful overview.
  15. BottleOfTears

    BottleOfTears Puritan Board Freshman

    For clarification, this is the same book it's just the UK title (published by IVP) and the US title (published by P&R) respectively.

    I also highly recommend it, it's surprising how much content he squishes into such a readable book.
  16. Reformed Bookworm

    Reformed Bookworm Puritan Board Sophomore

    I completely missed that he recommended it before I did. Thanks for pointing that out.
  17. Bill Duncan

    Bill Duncan Puritan Board Freshman

    "Introducing Covenant Theology" Michael Horton
  18. R. Scott Clark

    R. Scott Clark Puritan Board Senior

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