Kingdom through Covenant: A Biblical-Theological Understanding of the Covenants

Second Edition

By Peter J. Gentry, Stephen J. Wellum

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Kingdom through Covenant: A Biblical-Theological Understanding of the Covenants

Second Edition

By Peter J. Gentry, Stephen J. Wellum

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Kingdom through Covenant is a careful exposition of how the biblical covenants unfold and relate to one another—a widely debated topic, critical for understanding the narrative plot structure of the whole Bible.

By incorporating the latest available research from the ancient Near East and examining implications of their work for Christology, ecclesiology, eschatology, and hermeneutics, scholars Peter J. Gentry and Stephen J. Wellum present a thoughtful and viable alternative to both covenant theology and dispensationalism.

This second edition features updated and revised content, clarifying key material and integrating the latest findings into the discussion.

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Peter J. Gentry

Peter J. Gentry (PhD, University of Toronto) is professor of Old Testament interpretation at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and director of the Hexapla Institute.

Stephen J. Wellum

Stephen J. Wellum (PhD, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School) is professor of Christian theology at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky, and editor of The Southern Baptist Journal of Theology. Stephen and his wife, Karen, have five adult children.

Product Details

Format: Printed Caseside
Page Count: 960
Size: 6.0 in x 9.0 in
Weight: 48.95 ounces
ISBN-10: 1-4335-5307-4
ISBN-13: 978-1-4335-5307-3
ISBN-UPC: 9781433553073
Case Quantity: 10
Published: June 30, 2018

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Preface to the Second Edition
Preface to the First Edition

Part 1: Prolegomena

  1. The Importance of Covenants in Biblical and Systematic Theology 
  2. Covenants in Biblical-Theological Systems Dispensational and Covenant Theology 
  3. Hermeneutical Issues in “Putting Together” the Covenants

Part 2: Exposition of the Biblical Covenants

  1. The Notion of Covenant in the Bible and in the Ancient Near East 
  2. The Covenant with Noah
  3. The Covenant with Creation in Genesis 1–3
  4. The Covenant with Abraham (1)
  5. The Covenant with Abraham (2)
  6. The Mosaic Covenant
  7. The Mosaic Covenant
  8. The Davidic Covenant
  9. The New Covenant
    Introduction and Isaiah 
  10. The New Covenant
  11. The New Covenant
  12. The New Covenant in Daniel’s Seventy Weeks

Part 3: Theological Summary and Integration 

  1. Kingdom through Covenant
    A Theological Summary from Creation to the Promise of the New Covenant 
  2. Kingdom through Covenant
    The Biblical Covenants Fulfilled in Christ Jesus and the New Covenant 
  3. Kingdom through Covenant
    Some Theological Implications: Christology and the Christian Life 
  4. Kingdom through Covenant
    Some Theological Implications: Ecclesiology and Eschatology

Appendix: Lexical Analysis of bĕrît
General Index
Scripture Index


“Exegetically faithful, theologically profound, and grounded in the interpretive patterns of the biblical authors themselves, this rich, rigorous, and robust edition of Kingdom through Covenant clearly and helpfully charts a course between dispensational and covenant theologies. I know of no better study that clarifies how the biblical covenants progress, integrate, and climax in Christ. This volume is a gift to the evangelical church and academy, and I am confident that it will greatly ground and guide the next generation of pastor-theologians.”
Jason S. DeRouchie, Research Professor of Old Testament and Biblical Theology, Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and Spurgeon College

“Gentry and Wellum offer a third way, a via media, between covenant theology and dispensationalism, arguing that both of these theological systems are not informed sufficiently by biblical theology. Certainly, we cannot understand the Scriptures without comprehending ‘the whole counsel of God,’ and here we find incisive exegesis and biblical theology at their best. This book is a must-read and will be part of the conversation for many years to come.”
Thomas R. Schreiner, James Buchanan Harrison Professor of New Testament Interpretation, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

Kingdom through Covenant is hermeneutically sensitive, exegetically rigorous, and theologically rich—a first-rate biblical theology that addresses both the message and structure of the whole Bible from the ground up. Gentry and Wellum have produced what will become one of the standard texts in the field. For anyone who wishes to tread the path of biblical revelation, this text is a faithful guide.”
Miles V. Van Pelt, Alan Hayes Belcher, Jr. Professor of Old Testament and Biblical Languages and Director, Summer Institute for Biblical Languages, Reformed Theological Seminary, Jackson

“What do you get when you cross a world-class Bible scholar and a first-rate systematic theologian? You get nine hundred-plus pages of power-packed biblical goodness. You get the forest and quite a few of the trees. This is not the first volume that has attempted to mediate the dispensational–covenant theology divide, but it may be the culminating presentation of that discussion—just as Bach was not the first baroque composer but its highest moment. Gentry and Wellum’s proposal of Kingdom through Covenant should be read by all parties, but I won’t be surprised to learn in twenty years that this volume provided the foundation for how a generation of anyone who advocates regenerate church membership puts its Bible together.”
Jonathan Leeman, Editorial Director, 9Marks; Elder, Cheverly Baptist Church, Hyattsville, Maryland

“Gentry and Wellum have provided a welcome addition to the current number of books on biblical theology. What makes their contribution unique is the marriage of historical exegesis, biblical theology, and systematic theology. Kingdom through Covenant brims with exegetical insights, biblical theological drama, and sound systematic theological conclusions. Particularly important is the viable alternative they offer to the covenantal and dispensational hermeneutical frameworks. I enthusiastically recommend this book!”
Stephen G. Dempster, Professor of Religious Studies, Crandall University

“The relationship between the covenants of Scripture is rightly considered to be central to the interpretation of the Bible. That there is some degree of continuity is obvious for it is the same God—the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob as well as the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ—who has revealed himself and his will in the covenants. That there is, however, also significant discontinuity also seems patent since Scripture itself talks about a new covenant and the old one passing away. What has changed, and what has not? Utterly vital questions to which this book by Gentry and Wellum give satisfying and sound answers. Because of the importance of this subject and the exegetical and theological skill of the authors, their answers deserve a wide hearing. Highly recommended!”
Michael A. G. Haykin, Professor of Church History and Biblical Spirituality, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

Kingdom through Covenant has helped me better understand the Bible as a continuous narrative. This book reveals the structure that supports the revelation of God’s message throughout time. The study of the covenants provides a framework for understanding and applying the message of the Bible to life in the new covenant community. This book has helped put the Bible together for me and has been enriching to my ministry.”
Joseph Lumbrix, Pastor, Mount Olivet Baptist Church, Willisburg, Kentucky

“This impressive volume makes a significant contribution to our understanding of the nature of the biblical covenants. Meticulously researched, clearly written, and boldly argued, the progressive covenantalism thesis—a via media between dispensational and covenantal theology—combines exegetical depth with theological rigor in the service of covenant faithfulness. The result is penetrating reflections on Christology, the Christian life, ecclesiology, and eschatology. Even at points of disagreement, all who teach the Scriptures to others will find here a rich treasure trove of whole-Bible theological thinking and an invaluable resource to return to again and again.”
David Gibson, Minister, Trinity Church, Aberdeen, Scotland; author, Living Life Backward; coeditor, From Heaven He Came and Sought Her