This volume deals with the Federal theology of Johannes Cocceius, who lived in the seventeenth century (1603-1669). German by birth, he taught at Bremen, Franeker and Leiden, where he was Professor of Theology (1650-1669). As foremost biblical interpreter he sought to formulate a Covenant theory which described all of human history by introducing the structure of consecutive covenants or foedera. The book poses a surprising alternative to the readings of earlier scholarship on Cocceius by its careful presentation of the pneumatological components of the doctrine of covenants. Cocceius' Federal theology was of considerable importance in the theological and political history of Europe and the United States and formes the framework for much of the Reformed theology in the past three centuries.
|Publisher:||Brill Academic Publishers, Inc.|
|Series:||Studies in the History of Christian Traditions Series , #100|
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About the Author
Willem Jan van Asselt, Ph.D. (1988) in Theology, University of Utrecht is Associate Professor in the history of Reformed Theology at Utrecht University, The Netherlands. He published several articles and books on Cocceian theology and Protestant Scholasticism including Reformation and Scholasticism (Baker Bookhouse, 2000).
Table of Contents
AcknowledgementsIntroductionA Brief Sketch of the Life of Cocceius in the Context of His TimesPART I. THE SOURCES OF KNOWLEDGE1. A Survey of the Summa Doctrinae and the Summa Theologiae2. The Sources of Knowledge3. Philosophy and Theology4. The Holy ScripturesPART II. THE DOCTRINE OF GOD5. The Structure of the Doctrine of God6. The Arguments for the Existence of God7. The Attributes of God8. The Doctrine of the TrinityPART III. GOD IN RELATION TO HISTORY9. The Doctrine of the Decrees10. The Doctrine of the Eternal Pact11. The Doctrine of the Covenants12. The Abrogations of the Covenant of WorksPART IV. RECONSTRUCTION AND EVALUATION13. Reconstruction14. EvaluationAppendices Appendix I. The Origins of Federal Theology Appendix II. The Auction Catalogue of Cocceius’ Library Appendix III. Impact of Cocceius’ Federal TheologyBibliographyAbbreviationsIndices Index of Names Index of Terms Index of Places