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Sealed with an Oath: Covenant in God's Unfolding Purpose (New Studies in Biblical Theology #23)

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Paul R. Williamson looks at the role of the covenant concept in Scripture and the meaning of this terminology. He then sets the idea of covenant in the context of God's universal purpose, and traces the idea through Noah and the patriarchs, the nation of Israel and the kingship of David. Lastly, he shows how the new covenant is anticipated in the Old Testament and fulfille ...more
Paperback, 242 pages
Published February 14th 2007 by IVP Academic (first published January 19th 2007)
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Brian Collins
Williamson wrote an excellent work on the covenants in Scripture. He begins with a discussion of the concept of covenant in biblical and theological scholarship. He (rightly in my view) discounts the concept of an overarching covenant of grace. This approach flattens out the diverse covenants of Scripture. It is therefore better to speak of one "unfolding purpose" of God worked out through the various covenants. Williamson also argues against a covenant with creation or Adam. The biblical covena ...more
Read this one in seminary, but was helped to review and read some sections more closely. Other than his argument against a Covenant of Works, his scheme of covenant throughout the entire storyline of Scripture is incredibly insightful. I do think his unwillingness to recognize a covenant of Works in Adam does undermine his understanding of New Covenant, especially with Paul. And it's quite unclear, then, how the theme of "covenant" relates particularly to anything before Genesis 8-9. This is the ...more
Chris Armer
I feel that the author did a good job at giving an overview of the various covenants in the Bible. But Williamson was very interested in arguing strongly for interpreting biblical theology through covenants. He simply presents his work as another worthy possibility.
Good book on covenant theology. A lot of detail. Williamson offers insightful critiques of almost all explications of covenant theologians have offered. Williamson says that the evidence of Scripture doesn't warrant a belief in a covenant between God and Adam, viz., a 'covenant of works.' Reformed theologians will not like this. But, Williamson also offers some claims about the 'new covenant' that reformed paedobaptists may find helpful. Standing in the tradition of the Westminster Confession of ...more
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