Any "New Covenant Thelogy" Resources?

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Xegesis | Forum Activity | Posted: Mon, Jan 28 2013 1:56 PM

I did a search for some and didn't find any.  Not sure if there are any that I don't know about that exist with Logos.  

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Rosie Perera | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Jan 28 2013 2:13 PM

There is Five Views on Law and Gospel, the fifth part of which is "The Law of Christ as the Fulfillment of the Law of Moses: A Modified Lutheran View" by Douglas Moo. According to the Wikipedia page on New Covenant Theology, the view Moo presents "is basically a New Covenant Theology view."

The Wikipedia page also has a link to a PDF version of the book New Covenant Theology by Steve Lehrer. It's in machine readable form so if you have Word 2013 you could save it as .docx and make a Logos Personal Book out of it. In my experience, the Word PDF conversion process isn't error-free. There are sometimes problems with some of the footnotes. But there aren't all that many footnotes in this book, so it wouldn't be too tedious a problem to check them and fix manually any of the ones that got messed up in the conversion.

I'm not personally familiar with the NCT view, I just Googled it. So take this info for what it's worth.

EDIT: Also, Master's Seminary Journal volume 18 appears to be dedicated to New Covenant Theology. I don't have it myself, but I have Religious and Theological Abstracts, and RTA shows summaries of three articles on NCT in that issue:

Swanson, Dennis M. “Introduction to New Covenant Theology.” Master’s Seminary Journal 2007, Vol. 18 (2), pp: 149–163. ISSN: 1066–3959

New Covenant Theology attempts to combine strengths of Dispensationalism and Covenant Theology and eliminate their weak points. Coming from Reformed Baptist circles reacting against key tenets of Covenant Theology in rejecting such doctrines as the Covenant of Redemption, the Covenant of Works, and the Covenant of Grace. Leaders of NCT include John Zens, John G. Reisinger, Fred G. Zaspel, Tom Wells, and Steve Lehrer. Programs promoting NCT are Providence Theological Seminary, Sound of Grace Ministries, The John Bunyan Conference, and In-Depth Studies. The progress of NCT’s growth is most obvious in the number of churches adopting the movement’s approach to Scripture, but the impact on mainstream evangelicalism has been minimal. NCT’s most notable peculiarities include a rejection of Covenant Theology’s superstructure, its granting of priority of the NT over the OT, its rejection of OT ethical standards for Christians, and its rejection of infant baptism and the distinction between the visible and invisible church.

Vlach, Michael J. “New Covenant Theology Compared with Covenantalism.” Master’s Seminary Journal 2007, Vol. 18 (2), pp: 201–219. ISSN: 1066–3959

NCT has arisen as an alternative to Dispensationalism and Covenant Theology. NCT denies the covenants of works, grace and redemption and asserts the temporary nature of the Mosaic Law. It differs from Dispensationalism and agrees with Covenant Theology in endorsing a hermeneutical approach to the OT and the NT that abandons the historical-grammatical understanding of certain OT passages. In agreement with Covenant Theology, it also adopts supersessionist views regarding Israel and the church. Lists eight differences between NCT and CT. NCT agrees with CT hermeneutically in accepting the NT logical priority over the OT and a typological interpretation of the two testaments, in holding that the NT church is the only true people of God, and exhibiting a vagueness about the nature of the future kingdom. NCT shows some improvement over CT, but still has its own shortcomings.

Barrick, William D. “New Covenant Theology and the Old Testament Covenants.” Master’s Seminary Journal 2007, Vol. 18 (2), pp: 165–180. ISSN: 1066–3959

NCT, in pursuing a middle course between Dispensationalism and Covenant Theology, relies on a strained view of Dispensationalism and adopts an interpretive methodology called supersessionism. To a degree, NCT agrees with Dispensationalism on the Noachic and Abrahamic Covenants, but fails to grasp the thematic continuity of OT covenants. Instead, NCT stresses discontinuity because of the biblical contrast of the Old and New Covenants, and follows a redemption, fulfillment, and kingdom hermeneutic rather than a plain hermeneutic. NCT takes the Old Covenant as fulfilling the physical parts of the Abrahamic Covenant and the New Covenant as fulfilling the spiritual. NCT holds that the Israelites redeemed from Egypt were physically, but not spiritual redeemed because the Mosaic Covenant was based on works– hence OT saints were not saved until after the death and resurrection of Christ. NCT thinks the Davidic Covenant was fulfilled in the death and resurrection of Christ and fails to allow for the NT teaching of a future kingdom. With all its positive features, NCT misses vital points in the OT covenants.

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Xegesis | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Jan 28 2013 2:21 PM

Wow thanks Rosie!  You are truly a blessing from God to the Logos forum!

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elnwood | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Jan 28 2013 3:15 PM

New Covenant Theology is essentially a middle way between Covenant Theology and Dispensationalism.

The best NCT resource I know of is Abraham's Four Seeds, by John G. Reisinger.

http://www.audiowebman.org/bbc/books/NC/abrahams_seed/toc.htm

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Don Awalt | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Jan 28 2013 4:44 PM

One of the best I have read is Scott Hahn's Kinship by Covenant. This is his doctoral thesis, and it is excellent. It appears though it is only in this larger collection, unless you buy the hardback at Amazon...

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Xegesis | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Jan 28 2013 4:52 PM

Thanks Don, I haven't heard of this one.  I will wait in hopes that Logos breaks this series apart.  I would love for a NCT commentary.  I wonder if any are in the works?

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Kelvin Niblett | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Jan 28 2013 10:45 PM

Rosie Perera:

EDIT: Also, Master's Seminary Journal volume 18 appears to be dedicated to New Covenant Theology. I don't have it myself, but I have Religious and Theological Abstracts, and RTA shows summaries of three articles on NCT in that issue:

 

 

This can be found in https://www.logos.com/product/8116/theological-journal-library-vol-11

 

This is from the editorial of Masters Seminary Journal 18:2

" Among covenantalists there have generally been at least three views in regard to the supposed pre-creation covenant(s) of redemption/grace. First, O. Palmer Robertson (Christ of the Covenants [Phillipsburg, N.J.: Presbyterian and Reformed, 1980] 54) argues that to embrace this concept as exegetically taught “.. . is to extend the bounds of scriptural evidence beyond propriety,” as does Reformed Baptist John Zen in ‘Is There A `Covenant of Grace’?” Baptist Reformation Review 6/3 (Autumn 1977):43-53. Second, John Dick (Lectures on Theology [Cincinnati: Applegate, 1856] 258) insists on one covenant in eternity past. Third, Robert L. Dabney (Systematic Theology, 2d ed. [reprint, Edinburgh: Banner of Truth, 1985] 432-33), Charles Hodge (Systematic Theology [reprint, Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1975] 2:358–59), and Herman Witsius (The Economy of the Covenants Between God and Man [reprint, Escondido, Calif.: The den Dulk Christian Foundation, 1990] 1:165) strongly distinguish between the covenant of redemption and the covenant of grace, albeit they supposedly existed initially as one pre-creation agreement between the Father and the Son. See John Murray, “Covenant Theology,” in The Encyclopedia of Christianity (Marshallton, Del.: The National Foundation for Christian Education, 1972) 3:204–15, for a brief history of these variations within “covenantalism.” Interestingly, nowhere in his volume The Covenant of Grace (Phillipsburg, N.J.: Presbyterian and Reformed, 1953) does Murray mention the deduced or inferred covenant(s) of redemption/grace, most likely because his was a “biblico-theological study” which found no explicit biblical data—i.e., that derived inductively/exegetically—referring to the hypothetical covenants."

Master’s Seminary Journal Volume 18 (Sun Valley, CA: The Master’s Seminary, 2007).

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fgh | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Jan 29 2013 9:19 AM

Don Awalt:
One of the best I have read is Scott Hahn's Kinship by Covenant. This is his doctoral thesis, and it is excellent. It appears though it is only in this larger collection

Actually, it's in several collections, but I guess they all count as "larger":

Xegesis:

Thanks Don, I haven't heard of this one.  I will wait in hopes that Logos breaks this series apart.  I would love for a NCT commentary.  I wonder if any are in the works?

Well, if Scott Hahn counts, he's got one in The Select Works of Scott Hahn (2 vols.).

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Whyndell Grizzard | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Jan 29 2013 9:49 AM

Reisinger's article or pamphlet makes a nice PBB- as always ask the authors permission- to make it not share it (or yes to share it if you like). 

http://www.audiowebman.org/bbc/books/NC/abrahams_seed/toc.htm

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Xegesis | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Jan 29 2013 11:17 AM

I haven't read his work, but from the descriptions I don't think Scott Hahn is talking about New Covenant Theology in the way I was looking for. 

The New Covenant Theology i'm referring to is the same as Reisinger. 

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Don Awalt | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Jan 29 2013 12:31 PM

 

Xegesis:

I haven't read his work, but from the descriptions I don't think Scott Hahn is talking about New Covenant Theology in the way I was looking for. 

The New Covenant Theology i'm referring to is the same as Reisinger. 

 

In brief, Scott Hahn takes Covenant theology further by discussing more than two covenants throughout the Bible, as Reisinger seems to describe from what I have read. In brief, Hahn describes the signs, the oaths, etc. of these covenants:

covenant of man and woman - Adam and Eve

...of family - Noah

...of tribe - Abraham

...of Nation - Moses

...of kingdom - David

...universal covenant for all - Jesus

It seems to me quite a few scholars see more covenants than less in the Bible, as God extends his offer of family to more and more up until and through Jesus Christ. But that's just my impression, I am not expert!

 

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John T. Jeffery | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Feb 6 2013 10:57 AM

In response to your query, I would add to the resources indicated by others the bibliography below that I have put together of non-Logos sources that you may or may not already be familiar with.

Xegesis:

I did a search for some and didn't find any.  Not sure if there are any that I don't know about that exist with Logos.  

 

Selected Sources and Resources on New Covenant Theology

 

Charles Leiter, “The Law – Its Essence vs. Its Implications”, on Today's American Dream at

http://www.todaysamericandream.com/TheLawCharlesLeiter.pdf [accessed 8 FEB 2012];

and on ChristianBlog at

http://www.christianblog.com/blog/davidm/the-law-of-god-its-essence-and-its-implications/ [accessed 8 FEB 2012].

 

Gary D. Long, Biblical Law and Ethics: Absolute and Covenantal, An Exegetical and Theological Study of Matthew 5:17-20 (Frederick, MD: New Covenant Media, 2008).

 

Gary D. Long, Context! Evangelical Views on the Millennium Examined, 3rd ed. (n.p.: Sovereign Grace Ministries, 2001, 2002, 2011)

 

The Master's Seminary Journal, Vol. 18, No. 2 (Fall 2007), "An Issue Devoted to an Examination of New Covenant Theology"; on The Master's Seminary at http://www.tms.edu/JournalIssue.aspx?year=2007 [accessed 25 OCT 2012].

 

Providence Theological Seminary at http://www.ptsco.org/ [accessed 1 FEB 2013].

 

John G. Reisinger, Abraham's Four Seeds (Frederick, MD: New Covenant Media, 1998).

 

John G. Reisinger, Continuity and Discontinuity (Frederick, MD: New Covenant Media, 2011).

 

John G. Reisinger, In Defense of Jesus, the New Lawgiver (Frederick, MD: New Covenant Media, 2008).

 

The Sound of Grace and New Covenant Media at http://www.sogncm.org/pages/ [accessed 1 FEB 2013].

 

Geoff Volker, “The Law of Christ”, In-Depth Studies Blog (March 4, 2010), http://ids.org/author/author-geoff-volker/the-law-of-christ/ [accessed 8 FEB 2012].

 

Geoff Volker, “The Law of Christ: Part 2”, In-Depth Studies Blog (April 19, 2010),

http://ids.org/author/author-geoff-volker/law-of-christ-part-2/ [accessed 8 FEB 2012].  See also a four part audio series on this subject by Geoff Volker on In-Depth Studies at http://ids.org/audio/ [accessed 8 FEB 2012].

 

Tom Wells, Is John G. Reisinger an Antinomian? (Frederick, MD: New Covenant Media, 2001).

 

Tom Wells, The Christian and the Sabbath (Frederick, MD: New Covenant Media, 2010).

 

Tom Wells, The Priority of Jesus Christ (Frederick, MD: New Covenant Media, 2005).

 

Tom Wells and Fred G. Zaspel, New Covenant Theology: Description, Definition, Defense (Frederick, MD: New Covenant Media, 2002).

 

Stephen J. Wellum and Peter J. Gentry, Kingdom Through Covenant (Wheaton: Crossway, 2012).

 

A. Blake White, The Law of Christ: A Theological Proposal (Frederick, MD: New Covenant Media, 2010).

 

A. Blake White, The Newness of the New Covenant (Frederick, MD: New Covenant Media, 2008).

 

Fred G. Zaspel, “Divine Law: A New Covenant Perspective”, Reformation & Revival, Vol. 6, No. 3 (Summer, 1997), at http://www.biblicalstudies.com/bstudy/hermenutics/lawr.htm [accessed 9 APR 2010].

 

Fred G. Zaspel, "New Covenant Theology and the Mosaic Law: A Theological and Exegetical Analysis of Matthew 5:17-20" (1997), on Biblical Studies at http://www.biblicalstudies.com/bstudy/expostudy/nctlaw.htm [accessed 8 FEB 2012].

 

Fred Zaspel, The Continuing Relevance of Divine Law (Hatfield, PA: Interdisciplinary Biblical Research Institute, 1997), on Biblical Studies at http://www.biblicalstudies.com/bstudy/hermenutics/ibri-1.htm [accessed 8 FEB 2012].

 

Fred G. Zaspel, The New Covenant and New Covenant Theology: Two Lectures Presented at the 2008 John Bunyan Conference, Lewisburg, PA (Frederick, MD: New Covenant Media, 2011).

 

John Zens, “Crucial Thoughts Concerning ‘Law’ in the New Covenant”, Baptist Reformation Review (Spring, 1978) 7:3:7-17, on Searching Together at http://www.searchingtogether.org/articles/zens/crucial.htm [accessed 8 FEB 2012].

 

John Zens, “Is There A ‘Covenant Of Grace?’”, Baptist Reformation Review (August, 1977) 6:3:43-53, on Searching Together at http://www.searchingtogether.org/articles/covenant.htm [accessed 8 FEB 2012].

 

John Zens, ““This Is My Beloved Son; Hear Him”: A Study of the Development of Law in the History of Redemption”, Baptist Reformation Review (Winter, 1978) 7:4, reprinted in Searching Together (Summer - Winter, 1997), 25:2-4 (Note: See esp. “Introduction”, and Chapter Four); on Restoration Ministries at http://www.restorationgj.com/id171.htm [accessed 8 FEB 2012]; on Granted Ministries at http://resources.grantedministries.org/article/this_is_my_beloved_son_hear_him_j_zens.pdf [accessed 8 FEB 2012]; on Gospel Pedlar at http://gospelpedlar.com/articles/Christian%20Life/Zens/st.html [accessed 8 FEB 2012].  

 

Soli Deo Gloria,

 

John T. "Jack" Jeffery

Pastor, Wayside Gospel Chapel

Greentown, PA

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