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Redemptive History and the New Testament Scriptures

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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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Peter B.
Feb 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
In this book, Ridderbos explained the canon of the New Testament (i.e. why these particular writings?) in terms of redemptive history and apostolic witness. Basically, rather than finding some external principle by which to select true New Testament writings (which end up in exalting human subjective judgements over Scripture), he places the New Testament in its historical context as the written apostolic revelation of Christ which laid the foundation for the church. "The essence of the canon, n ...more
Jun 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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This was excellent. My first taste of Ridderbos, and it was a stirring introduction. He demonstrates that the New Testament cannot be separated from the person and work of Jesus Christ. New Testament authority is the authority of the apostolic tradition given by Christ himself. The New Testament is not merely a human record of God's revelation in history: it is revelation, because it is the word that accompanies God's saving acts in Jesus Christ.
Russell Hamilton
Feb 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Outstanding. Read this before, but good to read again. Ridderbos is excellent.
Tsun Lu
Nov 29, 2012 rated it liked it
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
Feb 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
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
Kirk Bozeman
Mar 31, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Jun 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
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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
Mar 03, 2013 rated it liked it
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.
Tim Woody
Mar 04, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: theological
This is a great book on cannon formation and has a great section on the witness of the apostles and the authority of the word. I wish this book was a little bit longer so he could spend time on the inspiration of the word and it's internal authority.
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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
Jun 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Aug 03, 2012 rated it really liked it
Intended to be an introduction to canonics, Ridderbos presents an excellent defense of the Reformed doctrine of Sola Scriptura.
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