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Covenant: God's Purpose, God's Plan [Paperback]

By John H. Walton (Author)
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As one of the most prominent themes in Scripture, the covenant is crucial to all Christian theological systems, from dispensationalism to covenant theology to theonomy to liberation theology. One would think that by now all controversies have been exhausted, but an issue of this magnitude can never finally be laid to rest. Because disagreements persist, there is room for yet another attempt to study the covenant and improve our understanding of it. This book proposes that the path toward an evangelical consensus is not to be found in building another modified systematic theology, but in a biblical theology approach. Grounded in this approach, John Walton's perspective is that while the covenant is characteristically redemptive, formulated along the lines of ancient treaties, and ultimately soteric, it is essentially revelatory. This view in turn has implications regarding the continuity or discontinuity of the covenant phases, the conditionality of the covenant, and our understanding of the people of God. And this ultimately affects the way the Old Testament is preached and taught. Walton's thesis is an important contribution to the discussion of the covenant and the attempts to find common ground among evangelicals of diverse theological traditions.

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Studio: Zondervan
Pages   192
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.46" Width: 6.02" Height: 0.49"
Weight:   0.45 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   May 26, 1994
Publisher   Zondervan Publishing
ISBN  0310577519  
ISBN13  9780310577515  

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JOHN H. WALTON (PhD, Hebrew Union College) is professor of Old Testament at Wheaton College and Graduate School. He has authored or edited more than a dozen books, including several Bible commentaries and Bible story books for children.

KIM E. WALTON has been teaching Sunday school and developing and evaluating curriculum for 25 years. The Waltons have three adult children.

John H. Walton currently resides in the state of Illinois. John H. Walton was born in 1952.

John H. Walton has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Bringing the Bible to Life
  2. How to Read
  3. IVP Bible Background Commentary
  4. NIV Application Commentary
  5. Zondervan Get an A! Study Guides
  6. Zondervan Illustrated Bible Backgrounds Commentary
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Interesting Look at the Covenants of the Bible  Apr 20, 2005
This book sets out an interesting and original way of looking at the Biblical covenants. Walton's thesis is that the covenants are not primarily soteric or redemptive, but revelatory. Thus, his view of the covenants is significantly different from the views of covenant theology and dispensationalism. He argues that the OT covenants have a revelatory function during the OT period and that the New Covenant marks a transition point where a new people of God (the Church) is formed. He argues that the covenants are unconditional, but the benefits of the covenants are conditioned upon faithfulness on the part of the elect on the requirements of the covenants. His view of Israel and the Church is a mediating position between covenant theology and classical dispensationalism. Though he argues against replacement theology (covenant theology), he also argues against the view that Israel is still a separate people of God apart from the Church. He argues that Israel will possess certain future blessings in the Millennial Kingdom due to God's covenant promises with them, but present-day physical Israelites must accept Christ to become part of the new people of God (the Church). However, Jewish Christians are a different "sector" of God's family in the NT with different privileges and blessings that Gentile believers do not have any rights to. Also, Walton believes that the OT Law is a whole unit that has been "superimposed" by the Law of Christ. Therefore, NT believers have the Law implanted in their hearts so that they can render obedience to God. The external code is useful, but is inferior in that it cannot transform peoples' hearts. What is needed is the Holy Spirit to implant the Law in the heart so that people are able to obey God's commands. Walton gives us an interesting look at the covenants from a revelatory perspective. Covenant theologians and dispensationalists should read this book to get a better understanding of the nature of the OT covenants.

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