Much is at stake in evangelical Christian theology when considering “the covenants”—Old Testament and New Testament.
Theologically, how do we align the concerns of a popular conservative Christian culture that may rightly worry about the place of the Ten Commandments in the public square with a message that often seems to stress that those same commandments have all been nailed to the cross?
Is it all really so simple as “Old Testament = law” versus “New Testament = grace?” Between whom are these two covenants made? How are the two covenants the same? And ultimately, are they really different?
These are not new questions in reformed theology and among evangelicals. But their answers are best found, not in the traditions of theological interpretation, but in a careful Scriptural analysis of salvation history itself.
Thus, in this important new contribution to covenant theology, Seventh-day Adventist scholar Hans LaRondelle chronologically traces through salvation history the footsteps of the Creator Redeemer in progressively revealing His covenant promises and His judgments. From a “redemption-historical” perspective, based on careful exegesis, the author outlines the unity and continuity of God’s covenants with His chosen people.
At a time when questions about the covenant again face us, this succinct volume is a source that makes an exceptionally authentic and thought-provoking contribution. This book effectively reaches beyond the tired, even exhausted, arguments on both sides of the struggle, challenging us all to look at this astounding subject in ways that truly shed light on our ongoing pilgrimage into truth. —From the Foreword, by Willmore D. Eva, Editor, Ministry magazine
This book makes a significant contribution by synthesizing and systematizing theology regarding the covenants from a perspective that is consistent with biblical teaching.—Roy Gane, Professor of Hebrew Bible and Ancient Near Eastern Languages, Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary, Berrien Springs, Michigan, and author of Altar Call.
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CHAPTER 1: The Purpose of God’s Covenants
CHAPTER 2: God’s Covenants with Adam, Noah, and Abraham
CHAPTER 3: The Mosaic Covenant
CHAPTER 4: The Davidic Covenant
CHAPTER 5: The New Covenant Promise in the Old Testament
CHAPTER 6: The New Covenant in the New Testament
CHAPTER 7: Paul’s Christocentric Theology
CHAPTER 8: Paul and the New Covenant
CHAPTER 9: Paul’s Polemical Statements on the Old Covenant
CHAPTER 10: The Climax of Paul’s Covenant Theology
CHAPTER 11: The Consummated Covenant in the Book of Revelation
Survey of Development of the Biblical Covenants
Source Material for Further Study
Hans K. LaRondelle (Th.D., Reformed Free University in Amsterdam) is professor emeritus of theology, Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary, Andrews University. Among his many published works are Perfection and Perfectionism: A Dogmatic-Ethical Study of Biblical Perfection and Phenomenal Perfectionism (Andrews University Press, 1975), The Israel of God in Prophecy: Principles of Prophetic Interpretation (Andrews University Press, 1983) and Light for the Last Days: Jesus’ Endtime Prophecies Made Plain in the Book of Revelation (Pacific Press, 2000). Dr. LaRondelle now lives in Bradenton, Florida, where he continues to study and write.