Kingdom through Covenant: A Biblical-Theological Understanding of the Covenants

Greg Strand – October 12, 2012 Leave a comment

Peter J. Gentry and Steven J. Wellum, Kingdom through Covenant: A Biblical-Theological Understanding of the Covenants (Wheaton: Crossway, 2012).

Gentry is professor of Old Testament interpretation at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Wellum is professor of Christian theology at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.

This book is an excellent model of the task of systematic theology. Rooted in the Bible, it seeks to understand the biblical teaching, and then formulate and structure it in a way that is faithful to the Bible. It acknowledges other ways in which that has been done in the past, it builds on it and attempts to advance our understanding of the covenants.

Below you will read of an interview with Gentry and Wellum. This is followed by a review/response to the book from three individuals from different theological perspectives: Darrell Bock, Michael Horton and Douglas Moo. Not only is this a good model of how to engage in constructive theology, it also models how to engage discerningly and critically, and you will note charitably, in the work to advance our understanding of the biblical teaching.

Matt Smethurst, “Kingdom through Covenant: A Biblical Middle Way?,” (August 20, 2012)

Peter Gentry and Stephen Wellum set out to carve a new path between dispensational and covenant theology, having concluded that neither hermeneutical approach is sufficiently informed by biblical theology. Regardless of whether you end up agreeing with their conclusions, Gentry and Wellum’s proposed via media—“kingdom through covenant” or “progressive covenantalism”—is a substantial, even groundbreaking, contribution to any discussion about the intersection of exegesis, biblical theology, and systematic theology.

Reformed but not fully covenantal, baptistic but not dispensational, professors Gentry (Old Testament) and Wellum (Christian theology) of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary have made a thick and thorough case demanding a response. Of course, it’s up to you to read the book and determine if they have succeeded.

A Review by Darrell Bock, research professor of New Testament studies at Dallas Theological Seminary

A Review by Michael Horton, professor of systematic theology and apologetics at Westminster Theological Seminary (California)

A Review by Douglas Moo, professor of New Testament at Wheaton College

Peter J. Gentry and Stephen J. Wellum, “‘Kingdom through Covenant’ Authors Respond to Bock, Moo, Horton

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Affectionately called “Walking Bible” by his youngest daughter, Greg Strand has a ministry history that goes back to 1982. Since that time, he has served in local church ministry in a variety of ministry capacities: youth pastor, associate pastor of adult ministries and senior pastor. He is currently the EFCA's Executive Director of Theology and Credentialing. Greg reads voraciously and never stops learning — a passion reflected in the overflowing bookshelves that spill from his library to multiple offices. And he could tell you about each of those books! His hunger for learning pales in contrast to his great love for God and for teaching the Word of God.

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