Covenant and God's Purpose for the World

By Thomas R. Schreiner, Series edited by Miles V. Van Pelt, Dane Ortlund

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“Behold, my covenant is with you, and you shall be the father of a multitude of nations.” —Genesis 17:4

Throughout the Bible, God has related to his people through covenants. It is through these covenant relationships, which collectively serve as the foundation for God’s promise to bring redemption to his people, that we can understand the advancement of his kingdom. This book walks through six covenants from Genesis to Revelation, helping us grasp the overarching narrative of Scripture and see the salvation God has planned for us since the beginning of time—bolstering our faith in God and giving us hope for the future.

Part of the Short Studies in Biblical Theology series.

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Thomas R. Schreiner

Thomas R. Schreiner (PhD, Fuller Theological Seminary) is the James Buchanan Harrison Professor of New Testament Interpretation and associate dean of the School of Theology at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.

Product Details

Category: Biblical Studies
Format: Paperback
Page Count: 144
Size: 5.25 in x 8.0 in
Weight: 5.71 ounces
ISBN-10: 1-4335-4999-9
ISBN-13: 978-1-4335-4999-1
ISBN-UPC: 9781433549991
Case Quantity: 100
Published: July 31, 2017

Table of Contents


  1. The Covenant of Creation
  2. The Covenant with Noah
  3. The Covenant with Abraham
  4. The Covenant with Israel
  5. The Covenant with David
  6. The New Covenant

For Further Reading
General Index
Scripture Index


“As one of the preeminent biblical scholars of our day, Thomas Schreiner is well qualified to write on the critically important biblical theme of covenant. This short volume is a clear, concise, biblically grounded, and balanced presentation of the biblical covenants, ideal as a resource for both the church and academy.”
Mark L. Strauss, Professor of New Testament, Bethel Seminary San Diego

“Simply brilliant! Thomas Schreiner manages to capture both the fine detail and the broad sweep of the covenantal shape of the Bible concisely, faithfully, and irenically. This book may be short, but it is fresh and deeply profound. I know of no better introduction to this vital area of biblical theology. There are, of course, specific areas where readers may disagree with his conclusions, but that doesn’t detract from the unique usefulness of this book.”
Gary Millar, Principal, Queensland Theological College; author, 2 Corinthians for You

“There is nothing like an understanding of the covenants that God makes with his people to open one’s eyes to the way God deals with his image bearers. It at once unlocks the whole Bible and makes plain God’s way of salvation. Thomas Schreiner brings his theological and biblical acumen to bear upon this topic with the precision of an expert. The result is a fresh and stimulating study of this all-important subject. If you want to grow in faith as you face the future in God’s world, then put on your thinking cap and read this book!”
Conrad Mbewe, Pastor, Kabwata Baptist Church, Lusaka, Zambia; Founding Chancellor, African Christian University

“For twenty-first-century evangelicals, Thomas Schreiner is one of the most trusted names in the field of biblical studies. Covenant and God’s Purpose for the World is yet another stellar contribution to the church by Schreiner, and it will benefit all who are seeking to better understand the covenants of Scripture.”
Jason K. Allen, President, Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and Spurgeon College

“Schreiner disciplines himself to present the core of his convictions and not endless expositions and entailments. He describes ineffable truths in accessible language, and the flow, coherence, and interrelatedness of the sections are compelling. He avoids the swagger and dismissiveness that sometimes plague treatments of well-known topics. Not all readers will affirm all of Schreiner's claims, but it is hard to imagine a more methodical and succinct presentation.”
Robert W. Yarbrough, Professor of New Testament, Covenant Theological Seminary

“Thomas Schreiner's book on the covenants is a beauty of accuracy, brevity, clarity, and simplicity. While Schreiner makes his own contribution, it communicates the main thesis of Kingdom through Covenant in a better way to a broader audience: the covenants are the key to the plot structure of Scripture and the means for putting the whole Bible together.”
Peter J. Gentry, Donald L. Williams Professor of Old Testament, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary; coauthor, Kingdom through Covenant