Christ of the Covenants: Paperback – May 1 1981
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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.Read more ›
The main reason that this book is good though is the subject. Although the author opens up some passages so that you stand back amazed sometimes the author is not so strong. The book isn't thorough, although it never could be as it is looking at a huge subject. I just couldn't help thinking it could have been written better by someone else. Theologically it is very sound, although it's puritan interpretation of the Sabbath (which it didn't justify (it would need a whole book). it talked about the uses of it though) I am sitting on the fence with at the moment.
An earlier reviewer said the following :
"This is not a "light" book, but a treatment of the theology of the Covenant which is accessible to most, nonetheless. It is not terribly scholarly, but does take a more academic tack on the subject than most books."
This is very true, for example it looks at Greek a good amount but always translates. It is quite well researched as well especially with the background to the books.
All in all though I really think you should read this book for your basic understanding of the bible. There is a lack of books like this which is criminal so with the limited choice you have, I say buy this one.
This is not a "light" book, but a treatment of the theology of the Covenant which is accessible to most, nonetheless. It is not terribly scholarly, but does take a more academic tack on the subject than most books. Given this caveat, this is a tremendous resource for those who wish to convey this subject to small group or other audiences within the church.
In this book, Robertson traces the development of God's covenantal dealings with humanity - through the various administrations connected with Abraham, Moses, David and Christ. Each administration, Robertson emphasizes with great aplomb, is not indicative of different covenants (with different requirements, or rewards, as some segments of the church teach), but in fact different reflections of the same Covenant of Redemption that finds its highest fulfillment in Christ and the New Covenant.
This work was truly a joy to read, and a refreshingly intense study of a very important subject. Again, I would recommend this to any pastor, elder, or lay teacher who wishes to take up the subject of Covenant theology in their church or home bible study group.
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Robertson examines covenant theology as an overarching system to organize Biblical redemptive history. Read morePublished on Nov. 10 2003 by Camden M. Bucey
Mr. Robertson's book is well worth the reading for those seeking a very, very basic introduction to the idea of the system of covenants in Scripture being not Dispensations but... Read morePublished on Sept. 5 2003 by Queen Horatius