Parts of the confessional Reformed world in North America are in the midst of a controversy over whether it is biblical, confessional, and historically Reformed to teach that the Mosaic covenant was, in some sense, a republication of the covenant of works. In this episode the focus is on the history of the doctrine of republication. To listen to some folk, one might get the impression that republication is a novelty. In its most basic form, the doctrine of republication is the teaching that the same law, in essence, that was given to Adam as part of the covenant of works before the fall (see Westminster Confession of Faith chapters 7 and 19) was, in some way, re-stated or repeated to national Israel. Historians of the Reformed tradition generally admit that it was taught in the classical period of Reformed theology (16th and 17th centuries). The evidence for this claim is very strong and that is the evidence that we will be reviewing.
You will want to stay tuned for episodes 49 and 50. This week Chris Gordon and I spent an hour in the studio discussing republication and I think you will want to hear these episodes.
Here’s episode 48:
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