…book review: An Intro to Covenant Theology by J.I. Packer…

An Introduction to Covenant TheologyAn Introduction to Covenant Theology by J.I. Packer

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

JI Packer can be more engaging than he is here. He is promoting in this brief work the theology and writings of Herman Witsius, a Dutch Reformer. This is a very short work, more of a long essay. I wasn’t aware of the brevity of it when I set out to read it (one of the perils of the e-book world is having no idea how long a book may be).

I appreciate covenant theology, and I even think it is a necessary filter through which the accurately see God redemptive plan, but Packer does little here other than sketch out an overview of this topic. Perhaps in the nuances he would be more energetic and interesting, but as it stands this is a very informative and sleepy piece. ji_packer_small_file

Again, I say none of this to impugn Packer, I think he is a genius and a solid theologian, but unless you are writing a technical paper on covenant theology this is not going to be very helpful.

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