Richard Sibbes

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Book Description: This book is a historical and theological study of Richard Sibbes (1577-1635), preacher of Gray's Inn, London, and master of Katharine Hall, Cambridge. In the first part of the study, Sibbes' life and ministry are explored, investigating particularly his family and education, and exploring his relationships with individuals, institutions, and the larger church. In the second half of the book, the author investigates Sibbes' theology. Contrary to what has sometimes been suggested, Sibbes was ...
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Overview

Book Description: This book is a historical and theological study of Richard Sibbes (1577-1635), preacher of Gray's Inn, London, and master of Katharine Hall, Cambridge. In the first part of the study, Sibbes' life and ministry are explored, investigating particularly his family and education, and exploring his relationships with individuals, institutions, and the larger church. In the second half of the book, the author investigates Sibbes' theology. Contrary to what has sometimes been suggested, Sibbes was undeniably a Reformed, covenant theologian, and notes the congruity of this with his ecclesiology and with his experience of the Church. The book concludes that a greater historical understanding of Sibbes, and a more careful theological reading of his works cause him to appear more consistent, and less puzzling.

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Mark E. Dever is pastor of Capitol Hill Baptist Church, Washington, D.C. He has written contributions for The Compromised Church edited by John Armstrong and Baptist Theologians edited by T. George and D. Dockery. He has written 9 Marks of a Healthy Church.

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Eamon Duffy
Mark Dever's sensitive and surefooted exposition of Sibbe&#39s theological position is fresh. Some historians of Puritanism have suggested that English "affectionate divinity" in the age of Sibbes abandoned the pure stream of Calvin's thought for the incipient moralism of Beza, and that between Calvin and the English Calvinists there had opened up a disastrous theological rift. Rejecting any such notion as a key to Sibbe's writing, Dever portrays Sibbes as "one of the last great Reformed preachers of England to believe in theory and know in practice an officially undivided covenant community."

He brings to his exposition of Sibbes's subtle and highly personal practical divinity a wide and deep acquaintance with sixteenth and seventeeth-century Reformed theology, but also that rarer thing, a sensibility which is warmly sympathetic to the nuances of Sibbes's writing while remaining sharply and critically alert. The result is a marvelously lucid and persuasive account of a key moment in the evolution of early modern protestant thought, in a period which Sibbes himself described as "the best tymes of the gospel." Read it.

J. I. Parker
As an "affectionate practical divine" of mainstream Puritan type, Sibbes taught constantly the realities of communion with the Father and the Son through the Spirit of assured faith through the witness of the Spirit, and of patient endurance and personal advance by the spirit's power in the face of all kinds of troubles, appearing throughout as a Bible-man who knew himself to be on the victory side in and through Jesus Christ. Mark Dever surveys all this with welcome precision and sets the record straight on key points. His book is a fine contribution to Puritan studies' and it is with great pleasure that I commend it.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780865546578
  • Publisher: Mercer University Press
  • Publication date: 3/1/2000
  • Edition description: 1 ED
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 1,474,950
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.65 (d)

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