Review of KINGDOM THROUGH COVENANT by Peter J. Gentry & Stephen J. Wellum
Title: Kingdom Through Covenant
Author: Peter J. Gentry & Stephen J. Wellum
Publisher: Crossway Books
What It's About:Kingdom Through Covenant is a thorough biblical exploration of the covenants God has initiated throughout history and how they tie the Old and New Testaments together.
Why I Read It: Though I didn't realize it at the time, I was a dispensational Christian from the time I place my faith in Jesus until I started investigating the claims of dispensational theology myself. I was a huge fan of Left Behind and was sure that was what the Bible taught until I looked closer. Then I discovered Covenant Theology and found just as many concerns with it as I did with Dispensationalism. When I heard about Kingdom Through as a middle position between the two, I was intrigued.
What I Liked About It: I love this book. As someone who has studied theology on my own for many years, this is one of the most groundbreaking books on biblical theology I've found. Gentry and Wellum make an incredible case for what I know as New Covenant Theology. I love their exploration of the covenants, showing Christ to be the fulfillment of the promises made to Israel. The authors carefully lay out their hermeneutical method and the whole book bears this out. Though they disagree with the theological constructs of both Dispensational Theology and Covenant Theology, they disagree respectfully as well as show what each view gets correct. I read this book and feel that it makes much of Jesus and God's overarching plan for humanity. It beautifully ties the Old Testament to our Christian faith. When it comes to books on theology, this is one I would definitely recommend. It is long and complex, but the subject matter deserves such a thorough treatment.