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

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

by Peter A. Lillback


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The Binding of God: Calvin's Role in the Development of Covenant Theology by Peter A. Lillback

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780801022630
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 05/01/2001
Series: Texts and Studies in Reformation and Post-Reformation Thought Series
Pages: 332
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.69(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

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.

Table of Contents

Series Preface9
1Conflicting Interpretations of Calvin's Use of the Covenant13
Part 1The Genesis of Covenant Theology: The Conception of the Covenant in Calvin's Historical Context
2The Covenant Idea in Late Medieval Society and Theology29
3The Covenant in the Theology of Martin Luther58
4The Emergence of the Covenant Idea in the Zurich and Strassburg Reformations81
5The Exegesis of the Covenant in Genesis 17: The Hermeneutical Watershed between Wittenberg and the Swiss Reformations110
Part 2The Genius of Calvin's Covenant Thought
6Calvin's Conception of the Covenant126
7Continuity and Discontinuity in Calvin's History of the Covenant142
8Calvin's View of the Mutuality and Conditionality of the Covenant162
9Christ and the Covenantal Benefits of Salvation176
10The Agreement of Law and Gospel in the Covenant of Mercy: Calvin's Use of the Scholastics' Covenant of Acceptance194
11Covenant, Predestination, and Hypocrisy in Calvin's Theology210
12Covenant-Breaking, Reformation, and Resistance231
13The Covenantal Context of the Sacraments242
14Covenant-Keeping and the Christian Life264
15Is There a Covenant of Works in Calvin's Theology?276

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