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Discontinuity to Continuity

A Survey of Dispensational and Covenantal Theologies

Benjamin L. Merkle

288 pages
Lexham Press
What is the best framework for reading the Bible?

The question of how to relate the Old and New Testaments is as old as the Bible itself. While most Protestants are unified on the foundations, there are major disagreements on particular issues. Who should be baptized? Is the Christian obligated to obey the Law of Moses? Does the church supplant Israel? Who are the proper recipients of God's promises to Israel?

In Discontinuity to Continuity, Benjamin Merkle brings light to the debates between dispensational and covenantal theological systems. Merkle identifies how Christians have attempted to relate the Testaments, placing viewpoints along a spectrum of discontinuity to continuity. Each system's concerns are sympathetically summarized and critically evaluated.

Through his careful exposition of these frameworks, Merkle helps the reader understand the key issues in the debate. Providing more light than heat, Merkle's book will help all readers better appreciate other perspectives and articulate their own.
Author Bio
Benjamin L. Merkle (PhD, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary) is Professor of New Testament and Greek at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. He is the author or coauthor of 40 Questions about Elders and Deacons (Kregel, 2008), Going Deeper with New Testament Greek (B&H, 2016), and Exegetical Gems from Biblical Greek (Baker, 2019). He is also the editor of Southeastern Theological Review and the 40 Questions Series (Kregel).