Redemptive History and the New Testament Scriptures (Biblical and Theological Studies)
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Redemptive History and the New Testament Scriptures (Biblical and Theological Studies)

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Redemptive History and the New Testament Scriptures
Paperback, 91 pages
Published June 1st 1988 by P & R Publishing (first published January 1988)
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Every Christian needs to read at least one book in their life about the NT canon. This is as good as any. If you are basing your whole life, more or less, on the Bible, it might be a good idea to investigate how it came to be (and yes, I'm ignoring the OT for a moment; never a good idea, but Ridderbos addresses the NT only).

The point of the book is this: did the NT come about as a response to the redemptive work of Christ, or is the NT part of the redemptive work of Christ? So often we think of...more
Tsun Lu
REVIEW AND CRITIQUE Ridderbos, Herman N. Redemptive History and the New Testament Scriptures. Translated by H. De Jongste. Revised by Richard B. Gaffin, Jr. Phillipsburg, N.J.: P&R, 1988.

The aim of Ridderbos ‘s Redemptive History and the New Testament Scriptures is to defend the historical Reformed doctrine of Scripture from the structure of redemptive history, as a defense of the authority of the Scripture against the trend of biblical criticism and other innovative theories of the biblical...more
Kirk Bozeman
Ridderbos proposes an understanding of the nature of the New Testament's purpose and authority, centered in its setting forth of the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ as the central event of redemptive history. Many of the concepts and arguments -- especially concerning NT authority through apostolic affiliation and the need for a written text to facilitate a continued transmission of redemptive-historical events and their understandings -- resonated with me and ring true. But I am l...more
Eric Chappell
Returned to this book after reading it first in New Testament Interpretation (WSC). Great argument for the redemptive-historical necessity of an entirely unique, absolutely authoritative, and closed canon in written form. The arguments are much more accessible than I remember them the first time through. The canon will continue to exist because Jesus through His Spirit has promised to build His Church on the canon. Good stuff.
Andy Smith
The first half of this book, on the Bible's authority based on its intrinsic character and witness, is brilliantly and systematically argued and deserves a solid 4 star rating; the problem lies in the second part of the book, which seems to slog on in slow and rather unnecessary discussions. The discussion of cannon is really the place of value.
Mar 27, 2011 Carter added it
Excellent defense of the distinctively Reformed view of Scripture, as distinct from Lutheran, liberal, pietist, and neo-orthodox views. Most important to the defense was that it was rooted in the New Testament language and thought itself.
Jared Mcnabb
Mainly an internal defense of the canon of the New Testament. Emphasis given to the New Testament as part of Redemptive history, culminating and completing it. Great stuff.
John Ellis
Intended to be an introduction to canonics, Ridderbos presents an excellent defense of the Reformed doctrine of Sola Scriptura.
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