Introducing Covenant Theology

Introducing Covenant Theology Since biblical times history is replete with promises made and promises broken Pastors and teachers know the power of the covenant and they know that understanding the concept of covenant is crucial

  • Title: Introducing Covenant Theology
  • Author: Michael S. Horton
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  • Page: 110
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  • Since biblical times, history is replete with promises made and promises broken Pastors and teachers know the power of the covenant, and they know that understanding the concept of covenant is crucial to understanding Scripture They also know that covenant theology provides the foundation for core Christian beliefs and that covenants in their historical context hold signSince biblical times, history is replete with promises made and promises broken Pastors and teachers know the power of the covenant, and they know that understanding the concept of covenant is crucial to understanding Scripture They also know that covenant theology provides the foundation for core Christian beliefs and that covenants in their historical context hold significance even today But to laypeople and new Christians, the eternal implications of cutting a covenant with God can be complicated Now available in trade paper, Introducing Covenant Theology unwinds the intricacies of covenant theology, making the complex surprisingly simple and accessible to every reader With keen understanding, careful scholarship, and insight, Michael Horton leads all believers toward a deeper understanding of crucial covenant concepts.

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    About “Michael S. Horton”

    1. Michael S. Horton

      Dr Horton has taught apologetics and theology at Westminster Seminary California since 1998 In addition to his work at the Seminary, he is the president of White Horse Inn, for which he co hosts the White Horse Inn, a nationally syndicated, weekly radio talk show exploring issues of Reformation theology in American Christianity He is also the editor in chief of Modern Reformation magazine Before coming to WSC, Dr Horton completed a research fellowship at Yale University Divinity School Dr Horton is the author editor of than twenty books, including a series of studies in Reformed dogmatics published by Westminster John Knox.

    548 thoughts on “Introducing Covenant Theology”

    1. Michael Horton in this book gives the church and updated primer on covenant theology, drawing upon and routinely surpassing the works of Meredith Kline and O. Palmer Robertson. It is superior to these two works both in style and choice of content. Few can match Horton’s clear, lucid writing. With regard to choice of content, Horton covers the same ground that most systematics cover, but he does so without being repetitious. As a whole, the book is outstanding, but I can only recommend it with [...]


    2. This book is an excellent introduction to Horton's covenant theology, but not the best introduction to covenant theology. Those with little knowledge of covenant theology and Reformed theology in general may find it difficult to understand at times.Still, it's an excellent read at times and I recommend it to those who want an introduction to a growing perspective (Klinian) on covenant theology.


    3. This was BRUTALLY unreadable. It’s packaged as a layperson’s introduction, but written like a stiff, dry, overly formal and complex academic textbook. I mean, I’m not a stupid girl, but I found it difficult to press through and comprehend. Still, it had good information, and the second half especially provided some fresh perspectives and food for thought, especially pertaining to communion and baptism. I’m at least intrigued to learn more about covenant theology.


    4. There is a lot of good material on this book, particularly on the covenant of redemption, the covenant of works, natural law, the law-gospel distinction, and the sacraments. The major downside is the underlying Klinean assumptions about the supposed similarities biblical covenants and ancient near eastern suzerain treaties. While I hold that there was a republication of the covenant of works under Moses, I am not sure that Michael Horton does justice to the Mosaic economy as the legal administra [...]


    5. This review is somewhat difficult for me to write. As someone with a passing familiarity with covenant theology (a system of biblical interpretation which sees the various covenants between God and Man as an organizational structure for all of Scripture) who hoped for a good primer in order to better understand the system on its own terms, I was glad to find a book by Michael Horton that appeared to be what I was seeking. I have enjoyed other books by Horton, as well as his blog and radio show, [...]


    6. I actually thought this was a pretty good introduction to covenant theology. Horton makes use of much of Meredith Kline's work in covenant theology. But, as Horton argues, much of his (and Kline's) views have a solid reformed heritage behind it. At this point I'm not sure where I stand on this issue (modern debates between Klineans and Murrayites, for example), but Horton's little book did much to dissuade my Klinean prejudices (which, I'm sorry to admit, were mainly do to personal loyalties and [...]


    7. Good overall. Really just a rehashing of Vos and Kline. I see what Horton was trying to do; take the writings of these scholars and filter them to the layman. Unfortunely, Horton can't get away from his covenental language enough to truly help beginners understand. Great content, but I wouldn't recomend it to someone just investigating covenant theology.The chapter on Covenant People and Covenant Obedience were excellent, and Horton still had alot of great points. The last three paragraphs of th [...]


    8. This is a book I will more than likely reread in the future. I was very new to covenant theology when I first read this back in 2015 and I had a very hard time comprehending it. Lectures at my local church about covenant theology made the topic much clearer and severed as a far superior introduction to the topic. I don't have a problem with the substance of the book but I do think it will be over the heads of those just starting to learn about covenant theology.


    9. Claimed to argue Covenant theology from scripture, but made a key error/omission. Argued that the Abrahamic promises were about eternal salvation, whereas the Mosaic covenant was about temporal blessings in the land. Didn't address the fact that the Abrahamic promises, as written, refer to temporal blessing in the land and not to eternal salvation. Kind of a death blow to the argument.



    10. I read this work after reading Chase Sears' excellent Heirs of Promise: The Church as the New Israel in Romans (Snapshots). Sears’ book focuses on Paul's arguments in Romans about Christians being on equal footing and the inheritors of promises to Israel. Horton's work gives an overview of covenant theology and some of the views of early Reformers. It also contains some sermonizing only tangentially related to covenant theology, some of which is good. Like Sears, Horton strains to avoid replac [...]


    11. Horton's small diatribe on Covenant Theology is easy to understand. Whereas most volumes on Covenant Theology are thick and rely on people smarter than myself, specifically the Puritans. Yes, Horton does work with the Puritans and the Reformers, but this is actually a discussion about Biblical texts, rather than Church history. It shows that through the Old Testament Covenants and the New Covenant, the story of redemption is the story of God's soverignty and of the relationship between God and H [...]


    12. This was overall a good book to read. It traces the historic development of the covenant as found in ancient Near Eastern treaties. At times, the book was a little stiff and on the academic and technical side, but it clearly conveyed the meaning of biblical covenants. Although this book is titled "Introducing Covenant Theology", it is far from being an introductory primer and should be for the intermediate reader.


    13. Pretty good, but it read more like a popular level survey of covenant theology for those already with a background in it rather than an introduction. This is not for the reader who was not brought up in this system.


    14. I have not read Kline’s book on Covenant Theology, but I have read O Palmer Robertson’s. I felt that many of the questions that I had after reading Christ of the Covenants were answered quite well by Horton.I enjoyed reading this book over a very complex topic.


    15. Michael Horton's book, God of Promise:Introducing Covenant Theology, is a wonderful primer for anyone interested in understanding the basics of the Reformed hermeneutic. As Horton says explicitly, it is not that covenant is viewed as the central dogma of Scripture, but rather that covenant is the framework of Scripture. In fact, “God's very existence is covenantal: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit live in unceasing devotion to each other; reaching outward beyond the Godhead to create a community o [...]


    16. I 19ve been slowly reading through God of Promise: Introducing Covenant Theology by Michael Horton for several months now, and I finally completed it this weekend. Earlier this year I read Charles Ryrie 19s book Dispensationalism, which is basically the opposite end of spectrum theologically from this book by Horton. Dispensationalism and covenant theology are two competing systems that try to explain the way in which we should understand the overarching theme and history of the Bible. Dispensat [...]


    17. This is absolutely not an introductory level book on Covenant Theology. It is a high-level scholarly and academic work by a seminary professor and not written for the lay person at all. If you are looking for an introductory book to Covenant Theology, try Covenants Made Simple by Jonty Rhodes.Along with others who make up a modern "Klinean Movement," Horton promotes his interpretation of the unique Covenant Theology views of Old Testament Professor Meredith Kline. Kline's thought is quite unique [...]



    18. Wonderful book, and one that I'm definitely going to have to read again. This is a theology book that derives its theology rigorously from the biblical literature and culture, first and foremost, before getting to any sort of "system." As we find out, the system is compelling, but the Horton goes to lengths to show that his theology arises organically when Scripture in context is allowed to interpret scripture. There are a number of views generally associated with Covenant theology (paedobaptism [...]


    19. slow start, but good introduction to covenant theology and useful material on ancient near Eastern covenant ceremony background. Maybe suffered from over quoting.


    20. The content of this book is great, but it lacks the readability that characterizes some of Horton's other works. One repeatedly finds himself trying to understand the main point of a chapter and the flow of the argument. This book would have been a much greater asset if it had undergone one or two more editorial revisions before going to print. Also the last chapter is anomalous in that it undoes much of what Horton has established through the whole of the book. The main of the book presents Law [...]


    21. Overall, I am in some ways sympathetic to the project Michael Horton is attempting in Introducing Covenant Theology. I would say I like the idea of it all, but he leaves many questions unanswered. I would consider myself Reformed in my theological leanings, or you could use the word Calvinist(ic) if you wanted to. However, I am not entirely convinced the case Horton makes here holds exegetical water. The book does follow a fairly logical flow, but that might not be enough in the end to overcome [...]


    22. Horton does a good job outlining the similarities and the differences between other ancient near-eastern treaties and the covenants of the Old Testament. Most importantly, he connects circumcision with baptism and the Passover with the Lord's Supper in ways that will challenge your conventional understanding of the sacraments. This is definitely a worthwhile read since Horton outlines the biblical unfolding narrative of justification, sanctification and glorification in the context of a corporal [...]


    23. Not really the best time to read this book, I lost interest pretty quickly. I think I'll reread it at a later date. Basically, Horton outlines the basics of Covenant Theology, a systematic way of looking at the bible as a whole. Covenant Theology is usually contrasted with Dispensationalism. CT emphasizes continuity in the Scriptures, Dispensationalism emphasizes discontinuity in the Scriptures. I think it is bothor neither. As usual I find Horton to be pretty typical of his tradition. The thing [...]


    24. I've been told by a few Horton fan-boys, "everything Horton writes is solid." Well this was a good start in the direction of me believing that statement. Though not brand new to Covenant Theology, there were sections that provided more depth for me and a clearer understanding. Were I new to Covenant Theology, I feel that this book would have been a great step in the right direction of "getting it". My one critique is that some of the chapters could have been divided into smaller chapters. Their [...]


    25. Had to read this for Old Testament Introduction at Westminster with Dr. Duguid. It was helpful to read alongside Robertson's The Christ of the Covenants. Horton and Robertson are certainly still on the same team, but I think I prefer Robertson's approach to covenant theology. Horton spends a lot of time on ANE backgrounds and may be in danger overplaying their significance. Additionally he maybe over emphasizing the distinctiveness of the Sinai/Mosaic covenant. Still there was much to learn from [...]


    26. This book is an excellent primer on covenant theology. What is covenant theology? It is an opposing view to the omnipresent dispensational view. Dispensationalism breaks human history down into seven different time periods in which God worked using different methods with different peoples, and is largely responsible for the prevalent end-times view of premillenial, pre-tribulation rapture. Covenant theology interprets scripture to say that God basically only works in two ways…the covenant of w [...]


    27. Does a good job of explaining covenants from a historical perspective but fails to prove from scripture that what happens in scripture is an overarching covenant. I think Mr. Horton needs to review logical fallacies and then rewrite the book to a less academic audience. Until then, this book will not be helpful to someone new to the concepts or trying to make up their mind about covenant theology.


    28. The word "Introducing" in the subtitle is deceiving here—this is a serious theological text. Horton packs a lot of deep discourse into 190-ish pages. Don't misunderstand me: this is largely good stuff. The problem is just that there were sizable sections that were difficult for me to follow and understand. The most helpful part of this book for me was the distinction between the covenant at Mt. Sinai and the covenant with Abraham.


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