The Covenant of Works

The Origins, Development, and Reception of the Doctrine
Oxford University Press Inc
  • erscheint ca. im Oktober 2020
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  • Hardcover
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  • 324 Seiten
978-0-19-007136-3 (ISBN)
The doctrine of "the covenant of works" arose to prominence in the late sixteenth century and quickly became a regular feature in Reformed thought. Theologians believed that when God first created man he made a covenant with him: all Adam had to do was obey God's command to not eat from the tree of knowledge and obey God's command to be fruitful, multiply, and subdue the earth. The reward for Adam's obedience was profound: eternal life for him and his offspring. The
consequences of his disobedience were dire: God would visit death upon Adam and his descendants. In the covenant of works, Adam was not merely an individual but served as a public person, the federal head of the human race.

The Covenant of Works explores the origins of the doctrine of God's covenant with Adam and traces it back to the inter-testamental period, through the patristic and middle ages, and to the Reformation. The doctrine has an ancient pedigree and was not solely advocated by Reformed theologians. The book traces the doctrine's development in the seventeenth century and its reception in the eighteenth, nineteenth, and twentieth centuries. Fesko explores the reasons why the doctrine came to
be rejected by some, even in the Reformed tradition, arguing that interpretive methods influenced by Enlightenment thought caused theologians to question the doctrine's scriptural legitimacy.
  • Englisch
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  • USA
  • Höhe: 235 mm
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  • Breite: 156 mm
978-0-19-007136-3 (9780190071363)
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J. V. Fesko is Professor of Systematic and Historical Theology at Reformed Theological Seminary, Jackson, Mississippi. He is the author of numerous books on early modern Reformed theology, including Beyond Calvin: Union with Christ and Justification in Early Modern Reformed Theology and The Covenant of Redemption: Origins, Development, and Deception.
Despite appearing in the Westminster Confession of Faith, the doctrine of the covenant of works is both less studied and more criticized than many other doctrines. In this important book, Fesko sympathetically traces the fortunes of the covenant of works from the sixteenth-century to the present. Fesko makes a compelling case that the doctrine has roots in both early modern exegesis and doctrinal elements prior to the Reformation. * David Sytsma, author of Richard Baxter and the Mechanical Philosophers * By drawing together an array of exegetical and confessional sources, Dr. Fesko traces the historical development in federal theology in various stages and points throughout the early modern period, demonstrating its foundational importance for subsequent doctrinal formulations among Reformed and Presbyterian theologians. This insightful work illustrates not only the integral position of the covenant of works in Reformed thought but also how its function in Reformed
theology shaped generations of theologians and theological debates into the present day. * Dr. Todd Rester, Associate Professor of Church History, Westminster Theological Seminary * Dr. Fesko gives us in a learned and accessible style an insightful overview of the sources and the history of the covenant as the central theme in biblical and reformed theology. This book will for long be the standard work on this fascinating doctrine. * Herman Selderhuis, Director Refo500 at Theological University of Apeldoorn *

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