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The Christ of the Covenants [Paperback]

By O. Palmer Robertson (Author)
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The Christ of the Covenants successively treats the various covenants of the Old Testament from an exegetical and biblical-theological perspective. The richness of a covenantal approach to understanding the Bible is presented, along with interaction with other viewpoints

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Presents the richness of a covenantal approach to understanding the Bible. Treats the OT covenants from a successive standpoint.

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Studio: P & R Publishing
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.7" Width: 5.5" Height: 0.7"
Weight:   0.82 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   May 1, 1981
Publisher   P & R PUBLISHING #97
ISBN  0875524184  
ISBN13  9780875524184  

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! O. Palmer Robertson is the director and principal of Africa Bible College, Uganda. He previously taught at Reformed Westminster, Covenant, and Knox Theological Seminaries.

O. Palmer Robertson has published or released items in the following series...
  1. New International Commentary on the Old Testament

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A great help  Apr 14, 2006
I first read this book when I was taking some seminary classes at Reformed Theological Seminary and it helped me to get my arms around the facts of Covenant Theology. I had come form a Dispensational background, and had only a surface understanding of Covenant Theology and it's implications, but Robertson lays the facts out, backs them with scripture, and challenges you to consider the implications.

This book is a bit deep if you have not read any intro material to Covenant Theology, but well worth the time and effort to read, study and understand.
Wonderful service  Feb 20, 2006
Processing & shipping were very good. I had my book in about 3 days.
Good Book on the Covenants from a Reformed Perspective  Apr 19, 2005
Anyone interested in understanding the Biblical covenants from a Reformed standpoint should read this book. Robertson does a good job outlining the major covenants (the Covenant of Creation or Works, the Adamic Covenant, the Noahic Covenant, the Abrahamic Covenant, the Mosaic Covenant, the Davidic Covenant, and the Covenant of Consummation or New Covenant). In the first section, Robertson gives us an indepth treatment of the meaning and extent of a covenant using Biblical references and historical examples. In the second section, he gives us an outline of the Covenant of Creation (or Covenant of Works). The third section deals with all of the redemptive covenants after the fall of man. Roberton's main thesis is that all of the redemptive covenants are interrelated and are not separate entities. That there is a gradual progression and advancement in God's redemptive plan with each succeeding covenant. Particularly good was his last chapter dealing with the Covenant of Consummation (or New Covenant). He emphasizes that the New Covenant is both continuous and discontinuous from the Old Covenant. The Old Covenant being a covenant of condemnation because of continued disobedience among the Israelities; the New Covenant being a covenant of life because of the indwelling of the Spirit among God's people. I especially liked Robertson's irenic and humble tone. I was very appreciative about the fact that he did not try to label dispensationalists as "heretics" or "unorthodox." On pages 201-2, he states that "it should not be forgotten that covenant theologians and dispensationalists stand side by side in affirming the essentials of the Christian faith. Very often these two groups within Christendom stand alone in opposition to the inroads of modernism, neo-evangelicalism, and emotionalism. Covenant theologians and dispensationalists should hold in highest regard the scholarly and evangelical productivity of one another. It may be hoped that continuing interchange may be based on love and respect." This kind of attitude is refreshing in contrast to many Reformed fanatics who label anyone outside their tradition as heretics. Perhaps many scholars from the same tradition as the author can learn what it means to be irenic. The only problem I have with the book is that it doesn't contain an author and subject index.
Waffly  Nov 6, 2004
In contrast to other reviewers, I found the language of this book very waffly -

* What could have been said in a few paragraphs seemed to be spread over pages and pages.
* The writer often would fail to draw a conclusion about what he had just spent pages talking about. Leaving me wondering whether it was all worthwhile.
* The use of the occasional rhetorical question, that left me completely confused as to what the supposedly obvious answer was.
* The chapters in the book seemed to be arranged in an strange way, leading to lots of feelings that "I've read this before".

Having said that, my argument is not so much with the subject, but the way it is presented in this book.

I'm not a theologian, so the fault could be with me, but my recommendation would be to buy a book on covenant theology that is better written.
A Classic on Covenant Theology  Mar 26, 2004
I'm giving this book 5 stars even though I do not agree with everything that Robertson puts forth here. This book has been on the market for nearly 25 years now, and it remains a standard resource addressing covenant theology that scholars across the theological spectrum still interact with today.

Robertson's book was, and is, a distinctive contribution to covenant theology. Unlike some of his contemporaries like the great John Murray, Robertson appears to argue for the conditionality (to varying degrees) of each Biblical covenant, rather than trying to determine which covenants were allegedly conditional versus unconditional. However, where certain contemporary covenant theologians stress covenants in the context of the Kingdom of God, Robertson stresses covenants in the context of human redemption. The reader should therefore understand that Robertson's version of covenant theology, while having many similarities with virtually all forms of conservative Reformed covenant theology, is not the only version that has been proposed and argued for.

The book does show its age in spots. His chapter interacting with dispensationalism was spot on 25 years ago, but not now. The progressive dispensational movement of today does not look a whole lot like the dispensationalism that Robertson interacts with here. But more importantly for Reformed readers, Robertson's emphasis on covenants that are not explicitly mentioned in Scripture is a feature that is also on the wane in today's covenantal circles. Robertson forcefully argues for the 'covenant of works/covenant of grace with Adam' structure that is outstanding in my view, but is a feature of covenant theology that's becoming less and less stressed today. He properly stays away from presenting eternal divine decrees within the godhead as covenantal.

One of the central themes of this book is that covenants are far more unified than diverse, demonstrating continuity rather than discontinuity. In many ways, this has been the central issue of debate surrounding Biblical covenants. Robertson's emphatic stress on the unity of the covenants is still a staple of covenant theology, though greater discontinuity is being allowed in covenant circles today in ways that Robertson does not leave room for here. I happen to think that Robertson's presentation, while undoubtedly highly systemic and therefore susceptible to flattening the Bible and minimizing its diversity, is nonetheless very good and mostly correct. His contention that Jesus Christ is the comprehensive fulfillment of all Biblical covenants and that the New Covenant that He inaugurated is the final covenant is an essential aspect of covenant theology that puts each Biblical covenant into a distinctly Christological context.

In summary, any investigation of the merits of covenant theology must include a perusal of this book. Whatever disagreements I may have on the edges, I think Robertson has given us a lasting contribution in this area that has become the starting point for most formulations of covenant theology in the years following its publication. A crucial contribution worthy of purchase.


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