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The Christ of the Covenants (Robertson)

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What is a covenant? Asking for a definition of "covenant" is like asking for a definition of "mother." A mother may be defined as the person who brought you into the world. That definition may be correct formally. But who would be satisfied with such a definition?

Scripture clearly testifies to the significance of the divine covenants. God has entered repeatedly into covenantal relationships with particular men. Explicit references may be found to a divine covenant established with Noah, Abraham, Israel, and David. Israel's prophets anticipated the coming of the days of the "new covenant," and Christ himself spoke of the last supper in covenantal language.

But what is a covenant?

Robertson leaves no stone unturned as he explains the Bible's covenants. As he explores each covenant in depth, he helps us to see their unity, diversity, and place in the history of redemption.

Table of Contents:

Part One: Introduction to the Divine Covenants

1. The Nature of the Divine Covenants

2. The Extent of the Divine Covenants

3. The Unity of the Divine Covenants

4. Diversity in the Divine Covenants

Part Two:

5. The Covenant of Creation

Part Three: The Covenant of Redemption

6. Adam: The Covenant of Commencement

7. Noah: The Covenant of Preservation

8. Abraham: The Covenant of Promise

9. The Seal of the Abrahamic Covenant

10. Moses: The Covenant of Law

11. Excursus: Which Structures Scripture – Covenants or Dispensations?

12. David: The Covenant of the Kingdom

13. Christ: The Covenant of Consummation 



O. Palmer Robertson (B.D., Westminster Theological Seminary; Th.M., Th.D., Union Theological Seminary, Virginia) is director and principal of African Bible College, Uganda. He previously taught at Reformed, Westminster, Covenant, and Knox Theological Seminaries, has served as pastor of four congregations, and has also lectured in Asia, Europe, and Latin America. Among his many published works are The Christ of the Covenants, The Israel of God: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow, and Understanding the Land of the Bible.



“I now know where to look for a clear, thorough and fair-minded exposition of this great subject.” — Derek Kidner

“Robertson has achieved a rare balance of clarity and simplicity while interacting with other viewpoints and incorporating the insights of modern scholarship. . . . Many Bible students long for a readable and reliable book that gives an overview of the whole Bible. This is it!” — John H. White, Bible Newsletter

“Clearly written. . . . [This book] should prove of substantial help for anyone wishing a better understanding of the covenant concept as a central thrust of the biblical message.” — R. O. Zorn, Vox Reformata