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

Gentry, Peter J.; Wellum, Stephen J.

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Listen to an episode of Reformed Forum entitled Kingdom Through Covenant. (Reformed Forum)


Listen to a lecture by Stephen Wellum entitled Hermeneutics 101: How to Interpret the Bible. (Sermon Audio)


Read a conversation between the authors of Kingdom Through Covenant and Darrell Bock, Michael Horton, and Douglas Moo entitled Kingdom Through Covenant. (The Gospel Coalition)


Many theological discussions come to an impasse when parties align behind either covenant theology or dispensationalism. But Peter Gentry and Stephen Wellum now propose a significant biblical theology of the covenants that avoids the extremes of both classical systems and holds the potential to break the theological impasse. Kingdom through Covenant is not a system-driven work, but a careful exposition of the covenants as key to the narrative plot structure of the whole Bible.

Kingdom through Covenant emphasizes the importance of the covenant concept throughout Scripture, showing that crucial theological differences can be resolved by understanding how the biblical covenants unfold and relate to one another. Rather than looking at covenant as the center of biblical theology, the authors show how the covenants form the backbone of Scripture and the key to understanding its overarching story. They ultimately show that the covenant concept forms a solid platform for systematic theology.

By incorporating the latest available research from the ancient Near East and examining implications of their work for Christology, ecclesiology, eschatology, and hermeneutics--Gentry and Wellum present a thoughtful and viable alternative to both covenant theology and dispensationalism.

848 Pages
Published June 2012

About the Author

Peter J. Gentry (PhD, University of Toronto) is Professor of Old Testament Interpretation at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and Director of the Hexapla Institute.

Stephen J. Wellum (PhD, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School) is Professor of Christian Theology at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and editor of The Southern Baptist Journal of Theology.

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