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The Law is not of Faith:
Essays on Works and Grace in the Mosaic Covenant (ed. B. Estelle, J. Fesko, D. VanDrunen)

P&R Publishing, 2009

Blurb Review by Richard Sherratt


In "The Law is not of Faith," the contributors set out a clear argument in favour of viewing the covenant that God made with Israel at Mt. Sinai as a covenant of works that functioned upon the same principle as the covenant that God made with Adam. That is, both covenants suggest obedience would bring forth blessing (i.e. eschatological life in Adam’s case and a long and prosperous life in the Promised Land in Israel’s case) and disobedience would bring forth curse (i.e. death in Adam’s case and exile in Israel’s). It is argued that the Mosaic covenant served to illustrate the work of Jesus typologically and that as a pedagogical tool it enables us to see our own inability to keep the law and our need for a faithful covenant servant. This book gives the reader a deeper understanding of both the purpose and place of works and grace in our salvation by presenting Jesus Christ as that faithful covenant servant.



Part One: Historical Studies

“Calvin and Witsius on the Mosaic Covenant” (J. V. Fesko)

“Princeton and the Law: Enlightened and Reformed” (D.G. Hart)

“Works in the Mosaic Covenant: A Reformed Taxonomy” (Brenton C. Ferry)

Part Two: Biblical Studies

“Leviticus 18:5 and Deuteronomy 30:1–14 in Biblical Theological Development: Entitlement to Heaven Foreclosed and Proffered” (Bryan D. Estelle)

“The King, the Law, and Righteousness in the Psalms: A Foundation for Understanding the Work of Christ” (Richard P. Belcher Jr.)

“Hosea 6:7 and Covenant-Breaking like/at Adam” (Byron G. Curtis)

“Romans 10:5 and the Covenant of Works” (Guy P. Waters)

“Abraham and Sinai Contrasted in Galatians 3:6–14” (T. David Gordon)

“Galatians 5:1–6 and Personal Obligation: Reflections on Paul and the Law” (S.M. Baugh)

Part Three: Theological Studies

“Natural Law and the Works Principle under Adam and Moses” (David VanDrunen)

“Obedience Is Better than Sacrifice” (Michael Horton)

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