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  • Hardcover: 1060 pages
  • Publisher: Reformation Heritage Books (October 12, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1601781660
  • ISBN-13: 978-1601781666
  • Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 7.3 x 2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #35,259 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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For more than half a century primary research on Puritan theologians and their teaching has been in full swing. Here now is a massive compendium of the findings, digested into sixty lively chapters. The authors expository skill will keep readers on their toes, and the Puritans own concern for godly living, which runs through everything, will send readers to their knees. This is a landmark book in every way. --J. I. Packer, Board of Governors Professor of Theology, Regent College

What did the Puritans believe about God s providence and the perseverance of the saints? What were their views on conscience and Christ s intercession for us? In A Puritan Theology compiled by Dr. Joel R. Beeke and Mark Jones, we have the answers to these and many other questions. In this unique one volume work we have a robust systematic theology drawn from the teachings of the most beloved Puritans an outstanding achievement indeed! This resource is a must read for every pastor, seminarian and serious student of the Reformed Faith. It will be a volume that I turn to again and again. --Rob Ventura, Pastor, Grace Community Baptist Church, North Providence, Rhode Island, co-author of A Portrait of Paul

"A Systematic Theology, covering the main loci of doctrine, from a Puritan perspective, with insightful comment and analysis from two respected Puritan scholars of our time what more needs to be said by way of commendation? A necessary text for seminarians and all serious students of theology" --Derek W. H. Thomas, Professor of Systematic and Historical Theology, Reformed Theological Seminary

About the Author

Joel R. Beeke is President and Professor of Systematic Theology and Homiletics at Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary, Grand Rapids, Michigan. He is a leading expert on Puritanism, a popular conference speaker, and the author of numerous books. Mark Jones is the minister of Faith Presbyterian Church, a congregation of the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA), in Vancouver, British Columbia. He is also Research Associate in the Faculty of Theology at University of the Free State, Bloemfontein, South Africa.

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It covers the various topics they thought about, not only theology proper, but also the application of it within the Christian life as well.
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It's one of those books you can read over and over again and always learn new things.
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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Dr. David Steele on December 16, 2012
Format: Hardcover
A comprehensive assessment of A Puritan Theology: Doctrine for Life by Joel Beeke and Mark Jones is something akin to sharing one's thoughts or emotions while gazing at the Grand Canyon, Niagara Falls, the Statue of Liberty, or the Lincoln Memorial. This magnum opus is like oxygen for the barren soul, light for a blind man, a symphony for a deaf man, and a Super Bowl ring for a lame man.

A Puritan Theology is exactly what it suggests. The authors meticulously walk readers through each branch of systematic theology and discuss the typical view that was embraced by the Puritans. Where the Puritans disagree, the authors are careful to represent each side with graciousness. The book is nothing to trifle with. It is a veritable tome that just falls short of 1,000 pages. But readers should not be intimidated by the sheer volume; rather they should make their way through this valuable book, noting key insights and marking Puritan writers they were previously unfamiliar with.

While the entire book is worthy of a careful read, several chapters stand out as especially significant. I enjoyed Chapter 4 - Stephen Charnock on the Attributes of God, Chapter 5 - The Puritans on the Trinity, Chapter 6 - John Owen on Communion with the Triune God, Chapter 10 - The Puritans on Providence, and Chapter 44 - John Bunyan's Preaching to the Heart. A few additional chapters are worth examining in some detail.

Chapter 26 - The Puritans on Understanding and Using God's Promises

The authors remark, "The promises are the pathways where Christ meets the soul." It it critical to have a correct understanding of God's promises. Additionally, it is important to distinguish between different kinds of promises.
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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Brian J. Orr on November 1, 2012
Format: Hardcover
The only thing that I was disappointed with was that this book doesn't have a Scripture index. I thought maybe I was just not seeing it! I kept searching and searching but to no avail.

So, I hope the future editions have one. That is my only little gripe. I can't say anything else; the scholarly reviews of this work cover it all. I am just glad that I have the theology of the Puritans packaged systematically.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Zack Ford on March 4, 2013
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I am currently plugging through this book for a class on the Puritans that I am taking this semester at SBTS! Of the chapters I've read so far, one can not help but admire the years of work, deep thinking, and Christian scholarship that went into the production of this work. Any student of the Puritans, or student of historical theology in general, will be very blessed to have this work on their bookshelves!

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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Sam G on March 14, 2013
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This is not an easy book to read, but that's not because it's not well-written. It's simply very long, and its subject matter so extensive and eclectic, that an attempt to read more than a brief chapter at a time is probably counterproductive. It would be the rare individual (lay or clergy) who could digest very much of its subject matter in one sitting.

Kudos to the authors for tackling this subject and for doing the research - not just of primary sources, but of subsequent scholarship. They also identified areas where scholarship is lacking.

The main fault I found with this work may be my own idiosyncrasy, but my love for the Puritan divines is primarily due to the warmth of their pastoral and practical theology. I realize this is only one side of Puritan theology, but I believe it is a more important part than Beeke & Jones indicate in A Puritan Theology. Yes, they touch upon it, but concentrate (in my humble opinion, at least) on the minutiæ doctrine & dogma to the detriment of the Puritan emphasis on living the faith.

This is not to say they do not say precisely that: Namely, that the strength of Puritan theology lies in living it out. But the warmth of faith was nonetheless too often lost in the cold light of dogma in this book.

I am still glad I read it, consider the price I paid for it money well spent, and commend it to others. As another reviewer said, I now have a hundred other books (primary sources quoted by Beeke & Jones) that I now badly want to read.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By ric peters on December 21, 2012
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This is an excellent book.Very well researched and very well written.The puritans were very thorough Bible teachers.This book goes into detail on biblical points and doctrinal preaching. Their main objective was to set Christ forth.There is something in this book about every question you could have and the right scriptural answer.I give it five stars because the puritans were wise councilors and today more than ever there is certainly a lack of such in the church. They were men of the Book, as we should be if we are to know Christ and follow him.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bradley L Kautz on October 3, 2013
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This is a masterwork by the authors. It is a labor of love and a gift to the church. In A Puritan Theology: Doctrine for Life Beeke and Jones have collated a wide range of Puritan writings into what is a essentially a Puritan systematic theology. Before reading this book I had what would be considered a stereotypical view of whom the Puritans were: Christians who were distinctive by being rigorous, dour and extreme, seeking to impose their particular understanding of theology on society at large. Oh, how wrong that view was, and how much better I am for reading this book and having it corrected.

Beeke and Jones provide a historical overview of the times that the Puritans lived in and the particular forces they were a part of and subject to. Then they go step-by-step through each of the focal points of systematic theology, drawing from the extensive writings of the many pastors of the Puritan tradition.

While no Puritan wrote a systematic theology in the sense of Calvin or Turretin, many of them did write both very widely and with great depth. In some chapters Beeke and Jones delve deeply into the perspective of a single Puritan while in others they draw from many people's writings. Examples of the former are Stephen Charnock on the Attributes of God, and John Owen on Justification by Faith Alone. Examples of the latter are chapters on the Holy Spirit and the Lord's Supper. I was stunned at the power of Charnock's writing and his love for his savior that lay beneath it. It makes me want to go back and read more directly from the source.
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