Caspar Olevian and the Substance of the Covenant
Clark, R. Scott
"Clark’s study of Caspar Olevian’s doctrine of the covenant and its twofold benefit,’ justification and sanctification, is a fine and needed addition to the literature on the developing Reformed tradition during the sixteenth century. Contrary to the claim of some who advocate a Calvin against the Calvinist’ approach to the development of the Reformed tradition, Clark demonstrates that Olevian’s work was in Calvin’s line.’ Since Olevian was an important contributor to the writing of the Heidelberg Catechism, Clark’s study also sheds light upon that great Reformed confession."See All
Cornelis P. Venema
This volume is the most comprehensive treatment of Olevian’s theology published to date. Reflecting an impressive breadth of research and depth of analysis, it delivers on its promise at the beginning to move beyond other works on Olevian’s covenant thought by placing his doctrine of the covenant in context of his theology as a whole. In doing so, it offers, one might say, a duplex beneficium. First, it secures Olevian’s reputation as a significant theologian in his own right and not simply as the failed reformer of Trier, the court preacher of Heidelberg, or an author of the Heidelberg Catechism. Second, it accurately identifies his place in the development of Reformed theology as it passed from the Age of Reformation to the Age of Orthodoxy.
About the Author
R. Scott Clark is Professor of Church History and Historical Theology at Westminster Theological Seminary California. He is the general editor of the Classic Reformed Theology series and author of Recovering the Reformed Confession.