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#31649 Wed Mar 22, 2006 6:29 PM
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I'm biting off more than I can chew. I thought by getting Horton's new book on Covenant Theology that it would be an easy read and increase my knowledge on the subject. But before reading it, I'm finding out that it is somewhat controversial to my dismay.

Some argue that Horton accepts Kline's view on the unconditional Royal Land Grant position in some of the covenants. To get a better idea, that view is charted out on pp 19 for The NIV Study Bible. The contrary view which is I think more align with O Palmer Robertson is charted out on pp 25 of the Spirit of the Reformation Study Bible.

This is confusing me. Need help in sorting everything.

Oh, Joe gave a link on the thread in the Book Review forum. His link didn't stir up anything. His link set my curiosity wondering, and I went to other sources.

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John_C #31650 Wed Mar 22, 2006 8:13 PM
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I am reading Horton's book now. Believe me it is not an easy read. I wanted to know the other side of dispensationalism.

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John_C #31651 Wed Mar 22, 2006 10:46 PM
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Well John,

I don't own an NIV study Bible, but I do have the S.O.R.S.B. and on page 25 as you indicated is the classic reformed orthodox view of covenant theology, In my humble opinion. I for one have really enjoyed all the notes in my Spirit of the reformation study Bible, even if I don't actually use the NIV text. I think that when you read about all the contributors who were involved with this Bible, you will agree that Pratt and the rest put together very sound theological notes that truly represent historic reformed doctrine.

So with saying that, I haven’t actually read “God of Promise” but I do own it and I have skimmed through it. I can tell you that he quotes from a lot of prominent historical reformed theologians. From what I can see everything looks to be pretty inline with classic reformed covenant theology. So I would be surprised if it deviated from what we see in the Spirit of the Reformation Study Bible.

But until I read it, I can’t say for sure. I am also no way in any condition to give you a valid opinion on classic reformed covenant theology. But because I own the S.O.R.S.B. and Horton’s book, I though I would at least give you my opinion based on what I’ve seen so far. I do know that it has been recommended by other reformed believers so, I’m not sure If I’m going to be too skeptical on this one. I’ve enjoyed everything I’ve read by Horton…. Even if he tends to be a little too apologetic for my taste. But I am still looking forward to reading this book…. Although, it is going to be awhile, I’m still in the middle of “More then Conquerors” by Hendriksen, which I’m totally lov’n.

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BibleRon #31652 Fri Mar 24, 2006 11:32 AM
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I haven't read Horton's book, but I read 'The Christ Of The Covenants' by O. Palmer Robertson a long time ago. He shows the Biblical covenants in successive order in such a clear way that it is very apparent that the entirety of Scripture is Christ centered. His book also shows the divisive errors of dispensationalism.

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