Recently a book has come out that has been rocking the foundations of both Dispensational and Covenantal Theology schools. Many reviews have come out against Kingdom through Covenant, by Stephen Wellum and Peter Gentry, but none have actually dealt with the evidences presented within the voluminous work. Without a doubt the scholarship presented is intimidating for even the most seasoned theologian; exhaustive word studies, comparing the language of the Hebrews to that of the surrounding cultures to display common concepts that existed amongst all societies of the day, and meticulous syntactical studies in original languages. One must either seriously take the work into consideration or write it off out of hand in order to avoid facing the powerful arguments. Recently, Mongerism.com refused to sell the book because they believe it is teaching erroneous doctrine. We still await their release of what erroneous doctrine the book contains. They seem to demonstrate the point that the scholarship within the book is too heavy for them to deal with, so they are disregarding it based on vague reasons.
I’ll be summarizing and presenting the arguments in simplified form so that the curious reader who doesn’t have time to plow through the scholarship contained in the book can get the general gist of the message. The lexical and syntactical studies are beyond my ability to critique and I will be making no attempt to argue for or against them – I will present them as fact and allow the reader to verify the works of Dr. Peter Gentry on these subjects. Where applicable I may promote my own understanding alongside theirs, as I often find I agree with their points but believe that a clearer parallel can be drawn. I will begin by looking at the meat of the matter that has been widely ignored by those claiming to review the book, since almost every other review on the work has nicely ignored the main arguments. It is the Exposition of the Biblical Covenants that I will be summarizing and reviewing.
I hope that the reader finds these posts on the work as intriguing and thought provoking as I have found the original work to be. At the very least every Christian ought to consider the works presented, since they come directly out of the organization and language of the biblical scriptures. One ought to have good reasons for rejecting an argument that is derived from the Word of God.