Binding of God, The: Calvin's Role in the Development of Covenant Theology

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After tracing the historical development of the covenant idea, Lillback carefully examines the writings of Calvin for evidence and description of Calvin's covenant thought. He ultimately argues that Calvin developed an extensive covenant theology.

The Binding of God provides important background to current theological discussions, such as modes of baptism and Paul and the law. It will be of significance to scholars of the Reformation and the ...

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Overview

After tracing the historical development of the covenant idea, Lillback carefully examines the writings of Calvin for evidence and description of Calvin's covenant thought. He ultimately argues that Calvin developed an extensive covenant theology.

The Binding of God provides important background to current theological discussions, such as modes of baptism and Paul and the law. It will be of significance to scholars of the Reformation and the sixteenth century.

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Peter A. Lillback (Ph.D., Westminster Theological Seminary) is president and adjunct professor of historical theology at Westminster Theological Seminary and professor of church history at Reformed Episcopal Seminary, both located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
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Table of Contents

Series Preface 9
Acknowledgments 11
1 Conflicting Interpretations of Calvin's Use of the Covenant 13
Pt. 1 The Genesis of Covenant Theology: The Conception of the Covenant in Calvin's Historical Context
2 The Covenant Idea in Late Medieval Society and Theology 29
3 The Covenant in the Theology of Martin Luther 58
4 The Emergence of the Covenant Idea in the Zurich Strassburg Reformations 81
5 The Exegesis of the Covenant in Genesis 17: The Hermeneutical Watershed between Wittenberg and the Swiss Reformations 110
Pt. 2 The Genius of Calvin's Covenant Thought
6 Calvin's Conception of the Covenant 126
7 Continuity and Discontinuity in Calvin's History of the Covenant 142
8 Calvin's View of the Mutuality and Conditionality of the Covenant 162
9 Christ and the Covenantal Benefits of Salvation 176
10 The Agreement of Law and Gospel in the Covenant of Mercy: Calvin's Use of the Scholastics' Covenant of Acceptance 194
11 Covenant, Predestination, and Hypocrisy in Calvin's Theology 210
12 Covenant-Breaking, Reformation, and Resistance 231
13 The Covenantal Context of the Sacraments 242
14 Covenant-Keeping and the Christian Life 264
15 Is There a Covenant of Works in Calvin's Theology? 276
16 Conclusion 305
Bibliography 313
Index 325
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