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Reformed Confessions Harmonized [Paperback]

By Joel R. Beeke (Editor) & Sinclair B. Ferguson (Editor)
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Despite the acknowledged importance of confessional statements throughout church history, the most significant of these documents have never before been published in a single volume. Now Drs. Beeke and Ferguson have harmonized seven important Reformed confessions into a convenient parallel arrangement. The seven confessions were produced by three different strands among the European churches. From the Dutch-German reformers came the Belgic Confession of Faith (1561), the Heidelberg Catechism (1563), and the Canons of Dort (1618-19). The Swiss churches contributed the Second Helvetic Confession (1566). And the Scottish-English tradition was set down in the Westminster Confession of Faith (1646-47) and the Larger and Shorter Westminster Catechisms (1647). The unique feature of this volume is the editors' arrangement of the various confessions in parallel columns under the traditional subject headings of systematic theology. Readers can compare the formulations on particular points of doctrine, such as the trinity, justification, Christian liberty, and baptism. While elaborating the differences that existed between the various national churches, the comparisons also underscore the fundamental unity regarding the basic tenets of the faith. This confessional harmony is further enhanced by the editors' historical introduction to the subject. They also provide an extensive annotated bibliography of Reformed theological writings that will serve as a useful guide for readers who desire to undertake further study. In all, this is an important resource for students and pastors interested in the historical foundations of the Reformed tradition.

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Written a century ago, Bavinck's stately theology of "the last things"-from death to the parousia-offers sound exegetical guidance.

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Studio: Baker Books
Pages   271
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 10.98" Width: 8.48" Height: 0.69"
Weight:   1.61 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Aug 1, 1999
Publisher   Baker Books
Age  18
Edition  Reprinted  
ISBN  080105222X  
ISBN13  9780801052224  

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More About Joel R. Beeke & Sinclair B. Ferguson

Joel R. Beeke Dr. Joel R. Beeke serves as President and Professor of Systematic Theology and Homiletics, as well as Academic Dean for students from the Heritage Reformed Congregations. He is currently a pastor of the Heritage Reformed Congregation in Grand Rapids, Michigan, a position he has held for 20 years.

He has been in the ministry for 28 years. He is also editor of the Banner of Sovereign Grace Truth, editorial director of Reformation Heritage Books, president of Inheritance Publishers, and vice-president of the Dutch Reformed Translation Society. He has written, co-authored, or edited fifty books and contributed over fifteen hundred articles to Reformed books, journals, periodicals, and encyclopedias. His Ph.D. (1988) from Westminster Theological Seminary is in Reformation and Post-Reformation Theology.

He is frequently called upon to lecture at Reformed seminaries and to speak at conferences around the world. He and his wife, Mary, have 3 children: Calvin, Esther, and Lydia.

Joel R. Beeke currently resides in Grand Rapids, in the state of Michigan. Joel R. Beeke was born in 1952.

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Excellent Resource  Feb 17, 2007
I know of no other resource which juxtaposes the greatest reformed confessions. Pastors, officers, and laypeople would greatly benefit from this tool. Every reformed Christian should have this on shelves. It is a bit difficult to use if you're trying to study only one of these confessions alone; but if you're trying to compare them, this is the best tool you could get.
Very Helpful Tool  Oct 13, 2004
Thanks Joel Beeke & Sinclair Ferguson for giving us such a wonderful tool. With the growing interest in reformed theology, there could not be a more helpful tool then this harmony of the great reformational creeds and bibliography by doctrine of great reformed books.

In the harmony section the reformed creeds/confessions used are the Belgic Confession, Heidelberg Catechism, Second Helvetic Confession, Canons of Dort, Westminster Confession, Westminster Shorter Catechism, and Westminster Larger Catechism. Doctrine by doctrine each of these creed/confessions is laid out side-by-side so the reader can eaily compare how each of these documents handled the great doctrines of the Bible. Instead of having 5-7 different books in front of you, now you can all these reformed statements of faith before you.

The bibliography section also goes doctrine by doctrine. Beeke and Ferguson give a list of important reformed authors covering the doctrines found in the creeds/confessions. They at times will make brief comments as to the strenght or weakness of the books listed.

This is a great tool for anyone teaching doctrine or wanting to learn it. Makes a great gift for your pastor, seminary student, or anyone who likes to really dig deep into the historic creed faith of Christianity. You won't be dissappointed!
An invaluable reference tool for the Reformed theologian  Jun 28, 2003
The Scottish Presbyterian leader Sinclair Ferguson and Joel Beeke, an American seminary Professor, have both edited and compiled a wonderful and resourceful reference book for the Reformed Christian. This book offers a well-organized presentation of the major Reformed catechisms or confessional creeds side-by-side with the creeds reorganized to cover the various doctrines. The book cover doctrines such as: theology (the doctrine of God); anthropology (the doctrine of man); christology (the doctrine of Christ); soteriology (the doctrine of salvation); ecclesiology (the doctrine of the church); and eschatology (the doctrine of last things.) It features seven confessional creeds: the Belgic Confession of Faith (1561); the Heidelberg Catechism (1563); Second Helvetic Confession (1566); Canons of Dort (1618-19); and the various Westminster confessions (1647-48). The doctrines are annotated with footnotes and an extremely helpful bibliography of theology resources is included.
Classic Confessions and Bonus Bibliography  Jan 3, 2001
This is an well organized harmony of the (according to the authors) most important Reformed Confessions. The best feature in my opinion, however, is the wonderful annotated bibliography which accompanies it. Each theme of the confessions is aligned with the best Reformed books on each topic. Standard Reformation era and Puritan works are recommended along with the latest contributions to each field, with suggestions for begining and advanced study. A major resource that I'd love to see expanded and put into a book by itself. Note: Since I originally wrote this review, the Bibliography HAS been reissued under another seperate cover. It is not, However, expanded. Hopefully another edition will do that.

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