Imprint: Wipf and Stock
896 Pages, 6.00 x 9.00 x 1.79 in
- Published: December 2015
VOLUME ONE: Biblical Covenantalism in Torah: Judaism, Covenant Nomism, and Atonement. 330 pages. VOLUME TWO: Biblical Covenantalism in Prophets, Psalms, Early Judaism, and Gospels: Judaism, Covenant Nomism, and Kingdom Hope. 264 pages. VOLUME THREE: Biblical Covenantalism in New Testament Epistles: Engagement of the New Perspective and New Covenant Atonement. 302 pages. Biblical covenantalism is the backbone of the Old Testament and the root of salvation and ethics. This book offers a nuanced exploration of biblical theology with an emphasis on how biblical covenants set a complex trajectory for Israel's covenant relationships, salvation, ethics, and eschatology. Suzerainty treaty form positions the Mosaic covenant in a Deuteronomistic framework that elects Israel and rewards them with blessings based upon obedience to the stipulations of the covenant within which God has embraced them. Such a framework fits within covenant nomism (law), especially considering the majority of the stipulations' similarity to ancient Near Eastern law codes. This perspective deepens awareness of biblical trajectory in interaction with early Jewish and Christian sources. Jewish metaphors inform Old Testament, rabbinic, and Messianic atonement. This view positions itself between the New Perspective and traditional Reformation views as well as Covenant theology and Dispensationalism, even as it distances itself from American Covenantalism, Theonomy, Natural law, and the prayer of Jabez. The biblical and second temple Jewish material provides a nuanced new perspective of Judaism. From this same covenantal root, the Biblical covenants ground an eschatological hope for the nation of Israel.
"The Old Testament covenants provide a foundation for God's work throughout history and a thorough understanding of them is necessary for a clear realization of what Jesus' death and sacrifice meant. But that was only part of the story, and a thorough grasp of the covenants is also necessary to understand how the rest of the story works out and why there is good reason for the coming hope presented in the New Testament."
--Paul D. Wegner, Director of the Advanced Studies Programs, Golden Gate Theological Seminary
"Doug Kennard, using the well-established Hittite covenant form, has proposed a comprehensive biblical theology that steers between the Scylla of traditional Covenant theology and Charybdis of Dispensationalism, taking in both Old and New Testaments. For the evangelical world this is in many ways breathtaking, creative, and comprehensive, as well as readable. Within that theological context it is indeed a must-read."
--Peter H. Davids, Visiting Professor of Bible and Applied Theology, Houston Graduate School of Theology