The Reading List – May 29 – June 4

1) The Faith of Jesus Christ: The πιστις χριστου Debate, ed. by Michael Bird and Preston Sprinkle. This book revolves around the whole objective/subjective/something else entirely genitive of the Christou part of ‘faith of Christ’, i.e. whether Paul is talking about faith in Christ (objective genitive), the faith(fulness) of Christ (subjective genitive), or ‘Christ faith’ (authorial/source genitive). The book itself is basically a bunch of different people arguing from their respective disciplines about their take on the subject, so there isn’t any sustained argument either way. It’s enough to show that, well, it’s a vexed issue, and will still be for some time.

2) The Covenants of Promise: A Theology of the Old Testament Covenants by Thomas McComiskey. Another slightly old book, though more recent than Robertson last week. I’ve had this book for a while, but only now got around to reading it, now that I have a better idea of where its place is in the milieu of Reformed covenant theological development. In this work, McComiskey attempts to work out the continuity/discontinuity and biblical evidence and comes out with his bipartite covenant system. The system is that, essentially, there’s one main promise covenant (with Abraham) and the Mosaic and new covenants are administrative covenants, the difference being that the administrative covenants ‘administrate’ the promise covenant. There is some attractiveness to the general idea, though I have quibbles about some of his other comments. His case regarding the covenant of redemption is overstated, and in my view is weaker than he thinks. He regards the covenant of works as an overstatement, though one that is in possible concordance with the biblical data, and prefers to call it an administration. What I’m now seeing more and more is that covenant is the Reformed guys’ central pillar around which everything in biblical theology runs, whereas I think that it is not as central though is nevertheless important.

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