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THE DECALOGUE IN THE THOUGHT OF KEY REFORMED THEOLOGIANS WITH SPECIAL REFERENCE TO JOHN OWEN 3

Part 1 here. Part 2 here.   The Multi-functional Utility of the Decalogue in Owen and Others   1. John Owen. Owen viewed the Decalogue as having more than one function. He did not view it as Old Covenant law alone. His understanding of the multi-functional utility of the Decalogue can be seen clearly in several places of his Hebrews commentary. For instance, commenting on Heb. 9:5 (referenced above), he  [ Read More ]

Introduction   We will explore the thought of John Owen, as well as several other Reformed theologians from the 16th-18th centuries, on the functions of the Decalogue. We will note the various nuances of terminology and theological formulation among Reformed theologians of the past. But we will also see basic methodological and theological continuity from John Calvin to Thomas Boston. This, once again, displays Owen’s continuity with the Reformed tradition  [ Read More ]

The Ten Commandments: Ethics for the Twenty-First Century Mark F. Rooker (Nashville: B&H Publishing Group, 2010, 234pp.) reviewed by Richard C. Barcellos   Mark F. Rooker’s The Ten Commandments (TC) is volume 7 in the NAC Studies in Bible & Theology series put out by B&H Academic. Dr. Rooker is professor of Old Testament and Hebrew at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, NC. TC is a nice, hardback  [ Read More ]

J. C. Ryle on the OT and Ten Commandments

Let us beware of despising the Old Testament under any pretence whatever. Let us never listen to those who bid us throw it aside as an obsolete, antiquated, useless book. The religion of the Old Testament is the germ of Christianity. The Old Testament is the Gospel in the bud. The New Testament is the Gospel in full flower.— The Old Testament is the Gospel in the blade. The New  [ Read More ]

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