Stephen Dempster on the Mosaic Covenant

Stephen Dempster treats the Mosaic covenant in his biblical theology of the Hebrew Bible, Dominion and Dynasty. Dempster primarily exposits the Mosaic covenant in the narrative setting of the Old Testament. In other words, Dempster doesn't write a separate chapter the Mosaic covenant but treats it when it arises in the text. Dempster raises the…

Michael Horton’s View of the Mosaic Covenant

Michael Horton details his distinct view of the Mosaic covenant in his book God of Promise: Introducing Covenant Theology. According to Horton, "two very different types of covenantal arrangements" exist in the Old Testament (35). Horton believes that there are two kinds of covenants: covenants of law and covenants of promise. Yet immediately after speaking…

Tom Schreiner on the Mosaic Covenant

Tom Schreiner clearly and simply explains the intricacies of the Mosaic covenant, which he calls "The Covenant with Israel." in his book Covenant and God's Purpose for the World. Like many scholars, Schreiner believes that the Mosaic covenant is based on grace, not works: "Some mistakenly separate it almost altogether from the covenant with Abraham…

Blaising and Bock on the Mosaic Covenant

In the early 90s, Dallas Theological Seminary professors Darrell Bock and Craig Blaising helped to formulate a new version of dispensationalism called progressive dispensationalism. Progressive dispensationalism differed from earlier versions of dispensationalism (classic and revised) by advocating for more continuity in God's plan of redemption. Like every bibilical-theological system, the covenants place an important role…

Reading While Black

In the book Reading While Black: African American Interpretation as an Exercise in Hope, Anglican scholar Esau McCaulley writes to address two worlds: those within the Black community who want to scrap the Bible because they do not feel like it addresses their struggle and a wider audience who wants to know how African Americans…

Paul R. Williamson on the Mosaic Covenant

Paul R. Williamson writes about the Mosaic covenant in Sealed with an Oath. The prominence of the Mosaic covenant in the story of Israel has led one scholar to label it "the Old Testament covenant" (94). Because of its importance, Williamson devotes significant time to explaining the meaning and functioning of the covenant. Yet, while…

Peter Gentry on the Mosaic Covenant

Peter Gentry in chapter nine of Kingdom through Covenant contends that the covenant God makes with Israel is central to the entire Pentateuch (339). The importance of the Mosaic covenant cannot be overstated because "it is the interpretation of how the old covenant relates to the new that is the basis of all the major…

O. Palmer Robertson on the Mosaic Covenant

Figuring out the relationship of the Mosaic covenant to the covenants that come before (like the Abrahamic) and the covenants that come after like (like the new) challenges even the most seasoned theologian. In chapter ten of Christ of the Covenants, O. Palmer Robertson seeks to delineate the relationship of the Mosaic covenants to the…