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"A covenant relationship is a voluntary mutual commitment that binds each party to the other. Whether it is negotiated or unilaterally imposed, as all God's covenants are, is irrelevant to the commitment itself."

Introduction to Covenant Theology is an essay defending the centrality of "covenant" in Scripture. Packer argues that covenant is not only the incidental scenery s
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Kindle Edition, 20 pages
Published June 23rd 2012 by Fig
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Steven Pidgeon
Mar 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I was actually surprised when I started reading this book how short it actually was. But it was a really good introduction to covenant theology. Definitely want to read through it again. Also it definitely laid out the basic categories of understanding the theology, as well as some nice quotes from Westminster Confession and the Catechism, as well as other good quotes. There was a nice part at the end of the book that related to early conflicts between "biblical theology" vs "systematic theology ...more
George
Mar 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Similar to Packer's introduction to John Owen's "The Death of Death in the Death of Christ," this very brief albeit adequate introduction to covenant theology serves as an introduction to Herman Witsius' "An Economy of the Covenants Between God and Man: Comprehending a Complete Body of Divinity,"
It lays to rest any objection to the central premise of the writing; that the concept of covenant is entirely sourced from scripture itself. Not only is covenant biblical, it is THE hermeneutic of script
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John Caulfield
Jul 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Packer states that “one way of judging the quality of theologies to see what sort of devotion they produce.”

From here, he provides a straightforward and to the question: “What is Covenant Theology?” He explains how this theology is the “backbone” of scripture, and that all of biblical revelation is a “narrative of how successive and cumulative revelations of God’s covenant purpose and provision were given and responded to at key points in history.”

Like most is Packer’s writing, one will apprecia
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Matt A
Jun 25, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Does what few philosophers and theologians are able to do: present an ocean of systematic thought in a sharp, focused river of summarized theology. This cut right to the core of covenant theology: what it is, why it matters, and how it and dispensational theology diverge.

At just 19 pages, reading this is certainly the simplest and swiftest method I know of to understand cov theology. I highly recommend it to all Bible believers whether you support, oppose, or merely wish to understand this theo
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Grant
Nov 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A short, concise INTRO to Covenant Theology. A good read for those interested in the topic without previous knowledge. For those with a series desire for Covenant Theology there are certainly more in-depth treaties out there.
Jeremy Pinnix
Dec 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Excellent/succinct overview of Covenant Theology

An Introduction to Covenant Theology by J.I. Packer does a fantastic job of explaining the core concepts of Covenantal Theology in a succinct fashion.
Nick and Lauren
Oct 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
Great introduction! A few typographical errors.

Some typographical errors, but the content of this introduction (for it is not a full book 20 pages or so in the kindle format) is excellent amd helpful. Be prepared to have a deep think on an important topic
Jesse Kearney
Apr 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
A great introduction into biblical covenants.
Kristian Kilgore
Aug 15, 2013 rated it liked it
JI Packer can be more engaging than he is here. He is promoting in this brief work the theology and writings of Herman Witsius, a Dutch Reformer.

I appreciate covenant theology, and I even think it is a necessary filter through which the accurately see God redemptive plan, but Packer does little here other than sketch out an overview of this topic. Perhaps in the nuances he would be more energetic and interesting, but as it stands this is a very informative and sleepy piece.

Again, I say none of
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scott
Sep 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Great book!

This is a great little work, perfect for anyone looking to learn about the Reformed doctrine of Covenant Theology, or for anyone looking for a quick, edifying review. It only takes about 30 minutes to read, and is written in Packer's trademark style. It is a doxological explanation of the covenants of scripture that points us to Christ while helping to align our hearts and minds with the message of salvation. Enjoy!
Zach McDonald
Jun 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
If I’m not mistaken, this is Packer’s introductory essay for the updates English translation of Witsius’ “Economy of the Covenants.” This is the first work I’ve honestly ever read of Packer, and it is exceedingly short, however, Packer presents a fine landscape of the history and heart of CT. Need to read more Packer now, and Witsius, of course.
Tim Sommer
Feb 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
Good intro to covenant theology

This was a great introduction to Covenant Theology. It does not take long to read and it will point anybody interested in the subject in the right direction.
Joshua Simpkins
Apr 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Very good overview of Covenant Theology

Thoroughly enjoyed this little book. I very much like the clear way Packet writes and explains covenant theology. I highly recommend this book.
Andy
Jan 01, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: theology
A good general overview.
Nathan Moore
Jan 03, 2014 rated it liked it
Not Packer's best. There are some helpful points in this little essay but it feels like Packer sat down and wrote it in an afternoon.
Dale Kennedy
Feb 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Now I know

Now I know

Dr. Al Mohler called himself a covenant theologian. I never knew what he meant by that until now. This is a great little book
Rush Witt
Nov 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Good as always

This was a helpful little read. Only took 30 min. Can't beat Packer. On to the next one now, friends.
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