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The Law of the Covenant

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Hardcover, 310 pages
Published December 28th 1984 by Institute for Christian Economics (first published December 1984)
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Jordan is by turns exasperating and fascinating.

Even as a theonomist and Van Till nut, he had some things here that I think a natural law proponent might pick up on: Pharaoh treats Israel as a slave and has a dim knowledge of the laws with regard to slaves. I think this is a legitimate point since the laws of slavery come later in Exodus itself. (Also, the point about giving gifts to slaves and connecting that with the Egyptians giving jewels was sweet.)

The Ten Commandments correlation is very f
Aug 15, 2014 John rated it 4 of 5 stars
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The Law of the Covenant is a book in the same vein as Rushdoony's "The Institutes of Biblical Law," Bahnsen's "Theonomy in Christian Ethic" and so on. It is much shorter, of course, but still worthy of the comparison.

The book is a commentary on Exodus 21-23 and is full of the kind of illuminating exegesis for which Jordan is known. Of course, as John Frame acknowledges in the introduction, "Sometimes the fertility of Jim's mind still exceeds his self-discipline." Still, Jordan is really at his b
Aaron Ventura
Every Christian leader should read this book, heck, every Christian should read this book. If you are wondering why America is in the ridiculous state she is in, a return to Biblical law for justice must become the norm for the Christian Church.
Adam Ross
My second time through Jordan's seminal work on Exodus 21-23 and the case laws. Just as good as the first time through. He discusses so much in less than three hundred pages. Every pastor and layperson should read it. Unfortunately it is difficult to find, having been out of print since the eighties. But there are still some semi-reasonably priced copies out there from used book venues. When you find a copy for under thirty bucks, pick it up. You won't be sorry.
Law of the Covenant was the first book read in community with the other men of RCCI-Obsidional. As such, I can't separate the contents of the book from the memories of sitting around and discussing/arguing with these men. The book was challenging and helpful. The company of men breathed new life into the book as we wrestled with each other and with the text. I recommend the book. I highly recommend the experience.
Steven Wedgeworth
Lots of things to take issue with here, as Jim is still a theonomist at this point in his career. Still, who else spends as much time in OT verses? You'd better get a copy of this while you still can.
Michael Jones
this is one of Jim's earlier books, but it is very helpful in understanding why the laws God gave Moses are such a good prototype for case law decisions today and forever.
Douglas Hayes
This commentary is a very helpful look at the case laws of Exodus, and places them in their larger theological context.
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James B. Jordan is a Calvinist theologian and author. He is director of Biblical Horizons ministries, a think tank in Niceville, Florida that publishes books, essays and other media dealing with Bible commentary, Biblical Theology, and liturgy.

Jordan was born in Athens, Georgia, and he attended the University of Georgia, where he received a B.A. in comparative literature and participated in Campus
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