"The doctrine of Republication has a Reformed pedigree. But in what sense? Recent understandings of Republication sometimes depart significantly from what one finds among Reformed theologians in the Post-Reformation periods. It is to the merit of these authors for dealing with this thorny issue by offering some important insights into the precise nature of the debate, such as discussions on merit and justice and the nature of typology. I hope all involved in the debate will give this book a careful and sympathetic reading--at least more careful and sympathetic than those who have publicly opposed Professor John Murray on this issue."
--Mark Jones, Senior Minister, Faith Vancouver Presbyterian Church (PCA), Vancouver, BC
"I strongly recommend that everyone interested in the notion of Republication read the important book, Merit and Moses. By focusing on the guilt of every child of Adam and the only merit recognized by a holy God, the authors cut to the heart of Republication's error. They show that to be the case by an insightful study of the Scriptures, of our most revered theologians--for example, John Murray, too often misunderstood and maligned by Republicationists--and of the Reformed confessions, showing that the doctrine of Republication cannot be harmonized with the teaching of the Westminster Standards."
--Robert B. Strimple, President emeritus and Professor emeritus of Systematic Theology
Westminster Seminary, California, Escondido, CA
"In recent years, a number of Reformed writers have advanced the claim that the Mosaic covenant or economy was 'in some sense' a republication of the covenant of works. According to these writers, the Republication doctrine was a common emphasis in the history of Reformed theology, and even forms an important part of the basis for the biblical doctrine of justification. The authors of this volume present a clear and compelling case against this claim. Rather than a reaffirmation of a forgotten, integral feature of Reformed theology, the authors argue that the modern republication doctrine seems inconsistent with the historic Reformed understanding of the covenant of works and the covenant of grace. A helpful contribution."
--Cornelis P. Venema, President and Professor of Doctrinal Studies
Mid-America Reformed Seminary, Dyer, IN
"This volume addresses a relatively recent appearance of the view that the Mosaic covenant embodies a republication of the covenant of works, a view that in its distinctive emphasis is arguably without precedent in the history of Reformed theology--namely, that during the Mosaic era of the covenant of grace, in pointed antithesis to grace and saving faith in the promised Messiah, the law given to Israel at Sinai was to function pedagogically as a typological overlay of the covenant of works made with Adam, by which Israel's retention of the land and temporal blessings were made dependent on maintaining a level of meritorious obedience (works), reduced in its demand to accommodate their sinfulness. The authors subject this view to searching criticism, both biblically and confessionally. A particular strength in my judgment is their showing that the abiding demands of God's holiness preclude meritorious obedience that is anything less than perfect and so the impossibility of a well-meant offer to sinners of the covenant of works in any sense."
--Richard B. Gaffin, Jr., Professor of Biblical and Systematic Theology emeritus
Westminster Theological Seminary, Glenside, PA