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The Origins of the Federal Theology in Sixteenth-Century Reformation Thought

David A. Weir

Abstract

The development of the federal theology of the late 16th and early 17th centuries was a significant transformation in Reformed theological thinking. According to the federal theologians, all of human history could be described using the rubric of a series of covenants, or foedera, beginning with a ‘covenant of works’ in the perfection of Eden and concluding with the new covenant fulfilled by Jesus Christ in the New Testament. The new covenant was in effect the conclusion of the ‘covenant of grace’, and it was this which united the Old and New Testaments into one continuous epic of God's grace ... More

Keywords: federal theology, foedera, covenants, perfection of Eden, covenant of grace, Reformed theology, Zacharias Ursinus, Sabbath, justification, ethics

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1990 Print ISBN-13: 9780198266907
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198266907.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

David A. Weir, author
Centenary College, Hackettstown, New Jersey