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Continuity and Discontinuity

by Feinberg, John S.

Crossway 1988

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Overview

In Continuity and Discontinuity, thirteen noted evangelical theologians discuss, fairly and clearly, the continuity/discontinuity debate in regard to six basic categories: theological systems, hermeneutics, salvation, the Law of God, the people of God, and kingdom promises. Covering much more than the differences between Covenant Theology and Dispensationalism, this work of distinguished evangelical scholarship will fuel much profitable study and discussion.

Evangelicals agree that the Bible is God's inerrant word. But we sometimes differ on how to relate the messages of the Old and New Testaments. Without a basic understanding of this crucial matter, it is difficult to know how to use the Testaments to formulate either doctrine or practice.

For example: Was Israel the OT Church--are OT promises to God's national people fulfilled in the church today? Or, is Mosaic Law binding on believers now--are twentieth-century Christians to obey the Ten Commandments, including Sabbath observance?

Leading theological minds tackle these and other issues in this stimulating work. Designed as a dialogue, the volume’s contributors present their respective ideas in contrast to the views of members writing from differing theological camps. Essays include “The Law of Moses and the Law of Christ” paired with “The Law of Moses or the Law of Christ” in the section “The Law and the Testaments”, and “Israel and the Church: A Case for Continuity” paired with “Israel and the Church: A Case for Discontinuity” in the section “The People of God and the Testaments.” Thoughtful and engaging, Continuity and Discontinuity should rouse the attention of all those interested in contemporary evangelical theology.

Contents

Historical Perspective

  • Chapter 1: “Continuity and Discontinuity: The Debate Throughout Church History,” by Rodney Peterson, Adjunct Professor of Human Development and International Relations at Webster University, Geneva, Switzerland.

Theological Systems and Testaments

  • Chapter 2: “Systems of Continuity,” by Willem VanGemeren, Professor and Chairman of the Department of Old Testament at Reformed Theological Seminary.
  • Chapter 3: “Systems of Discontinuity,” by John S. Feinberg, Associate Professor and chairman of the department of Biblical and Systematic Theology at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School.

Hermeneutics and the Testaments

  • Chapter 4: “Hermeneutics of Continuity,” by O. Palmer Robertson, formerly of Covenant Theological Seminary, and Pastor of Wallace Memorial Presbyterian Church.
  • Chapter 5: “Hermeneutics of Discontinuity,” by Paul D. Feinberg, Professor of Biblical and Systematic Theology at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School.

Salvation and the Testaments

  • Chapter 6: “The Biblical Method of Salvation: A Case for Continuity,” by Fred Klooster, Professor of Systematic Theology at Calvin Theological Seminary.
  • Chapter 7: “The Biblical Method of Salvation: A Case for Discontinuity,” by Allen Ross, Professor and Chairman of the Department of Semitics and Old Testament Studies at Dallas Theological Seminary.

The Law and the Testaments

  • Chapter 8: “The Law of Moses and the Law of Christ,” by Knox Chamblin, Associate Professor of New Testament at Reformed Theological Seminary.
  • Chapter 9: “The Law of Moses or the Law of Christ,” by Douglas Moo, Associate Professor and Chairman of the Department of New Testament at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School.

The People of God and the Testaments

  • Chapter 10: “Israel and the Church: A Case for Continuity,” by Marten Woudstra, Professor Emeritus of Old Testament at Calvin Theological Seminary.
  • Chapter 11: “Israel and the Church: A Case for Discontinuity,” by Robert Saucy, Professor of Systematic Theology at Talbot Theological Seminary.

Kingdom Promises and the Testaments

  • Chapter 12: “Kingdom Promises as Spiritual,” by Bruce Waltke, Professor of Old Testament at Westminster Theological Seminary.
  • Chapter 13: “Kingdom Promises as Spiritual and National,” by Walter Kaiser, Jr., Academic Dean and Professor of Old Testament and Semitic Languages at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School.

Praise for the Print Edition

This stimulating dialogue between Reformed and dispensational theologians is must reading for those seeking an up-to-date understanding of the distinguishing features of the two major theological systems that occupy evangelical Christianity.

— Gary L. Nebeker, Journal of the Grace Evangelical Society

Product Details

  • Title: Continuity and Discontinuity: Perspectives on the Relationship Between the Old and New Testaments
  • Editor: John S. Feinberg
  • Publisher: Crossway Books
  • Publication Date: 1988
  • Pages: 410

About John S. Feinberg

John S. Feinberg is Professor of Biblical and Systematic Theology and Chairman of that department at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. He is the author of several books, including Ethics for a Brave New World (with Paul D. Feinberg) and The Many Faces of Evil, and is general editor of the Foundations of Evangelical Theology series.

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