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  • Paperback: 319 pages
  • Publisher: P & R Publishing (July 5, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0875525105
  • ISBN-13: 978-0875525105
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #15,861 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Will help readers understand the Bible's covenantal structure and character, glory in God's covenant faithfulness, and see in Jesus the fullness of God's covenant now and forever. Drawing from a wide range of Reformed and evangelical scholarship, and rooted firmly in the Scriptures, Williams's account is unique in its approach, thorough in its development, compelling in its argument, and timely in its arrival." T. M. Moore



"Combines four emphases in a remarkably fresh way: exegetical faithfulness, biblical-theological wisdom, awareness of contributions already made, and evangelistic and pastoral fire. I am not aware of anything quite like it. What a wonderful book!" William Edgar



"When I used a prepublication copy to teach seminary students, they found the book to be reader-friendly and the story of the intimate connection between creation and redemption easy to follow. They were deeply moved by the power of the Bible's own covenant narrative. Some were surprised to be opened to new ways of looking at God, his world, salvation, and themselves. The book is clear, thoughtful, and faithful to Scripture."Robert A. Peterson



"Must reading for pastors and lay people alike. If you want to get the big picture of the whole Bible, take a look at this work." --Richard L. Pratt Jr.

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Michael Williams (PhD, University of Toronto) is professor of systematic theology at Covenant Theological Seminary. The author was a youth pastor for three years in the 1970’s and is a teaching elder in the PCA.

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It's very readable!
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Should we miss man's calling, we will miss the purpose of his being in the image of God...for the sake of the whole earth.
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Overall, this is a fine introduction to the Covenant Story of Redemption.
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37 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Nevada L. De Lapp on October 5, 2005
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I just finished reading this book and must say that I am quite pleased with it. Michael Williams has done an admirable job of making a Biblical Theological model of understanding the Scriptures (i.e. redemptive-historical, in the line of Geerhardus Vos) accessible to a broad audience. I read a lot of this genre of literature, and most of it is fairly technical (i.e. a knowledge of Greek and/or Hebrew a must); however, Williams' book manages to retain both readability and an appropriate scholarly depth. The average reader will be able to pick it up without any problems.

Regarding the contents of the book: I was happy to see that Williams structures his book around the story of redemption. He draws the reader nicely through creation, fall, redemption, and consummation. In doing so he explores the richness of the Biblical narrative.

Overall, this is a fine introduction to the Covenant Story of Redemption. I think that it would make an excellent text book for a college Theology class.

Note: this book is not intended as an exhaustive scholarly treatise. So for those of you who have read a good deal of Dutch Neo-Calvinists or followers/sympathizers of Reformational thinking, you may find it to be repeating many things that you've heard before.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Jacques Schoeman on April 12, 2008
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We have had a lot of time to reflect on the drama of redemption and comment on the work and Person of Christ, the lead role in this amazing true life story. 'Outside of God's gracious redemption, we will not read aright His revelation in His creation.' p 21 And yet many have failed to give due attention to the nature of God's verbal word, His promises deployed throughout the drama, and the measures God took to ratify His covenants with various biblical characters - as a commitment of His faithfulness to His word, and as a display to the vast array of His divine attributes. In this book is revealed the plot of that story line that has been the glue of covenant theology. It secures for us the knowledge that this story has One divine author, and one progressive story line, one time-space context, one redeeming purpose and one future grand finale - all culminating in glory, as the Bible reveals to us how God acts in our world, and on our behalf.

Professor Williams connects the three relational offices, within the time frame of the Edenic covenant as: that of created man to Creator God, man to creation, and man to other humans. He furthers: 'The image of God does not make man unique from the created order, but rather unique within the created order. Man bears God's image for the sake of his calling to rule over and steward creation. Should we miss man's calling, we will miss the purpose of his being in the image of God...for the sake of the whole earth. That God has placed us here in this world and called us in service both to Himself and to His creation means that we can be comfortable with our creaturely status, our undeniable links with the creaturely. Man is made for earth. This world is our home.' pp.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Matthew Hundley on September 3, 2008
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Michael Williams' book, "Far As The Curse Is Found" is packed with vital insight into covenantal thinking into. What makes it interesting for the reader is the unpacking of the contents; and there is plenty to unpack--from God's redemptive plan to God's working in history and how this ties to his covenant relationships. Where does one start to organize all of the concepts and ideas presented here? The book itself walks through the Old and New Testaments presenting the covenants in succession along with Israel's failures to keep each of them. Another way to approach this material might be to lump content into the four key categories of creation, fall, redemption, and consummation. This pattern works not only as an outline of "Far As The Curse Is Found" but can be seen as the overarching storyline for the Bible itself. How I found myself organizing the ideas presented in this book was lumping things into key thematic ideas, such as: Jesus, creation, fall, mission, name, blessing, identity, land, God.

Jesus - Williams begins with Christ. Why? Because "Jesus is the key to the story." (2) Jesus is the context upon which the rest of this book hinges. He is the fulfillment of the promise. He is our new covenant representative. He is the one who lets us in. He is a real man with a real history who also had real relationships with real people; in fact, he continues to have real relationships with real people today because he really is God. He is the fulfillment of the promise that "God would come to his people, that he would come and dwell with his people, that he would come and stay." (7) Christ is the connector that links the Old Testament with the New; and the covenants of old with the new covenant.
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23 of 30 people found the following review helpful By CovSem Pup on August 25, 2005
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Why did the first year at Covenant Theological Seminary turn my theology on its ear? There is not a more concise means of capturing many of the conceptual "take-aways" from year one of Covenant. This is essentially a synopsis of the Covenant Theology course that most first year MDiv students take. About the book, Dr. William Edgar's statement (on the back cover) is that it "combines four emphases in a remarkably fresh way: exegetical faithfulness, biblical-theological wisdom, awareness of contributions already made, and evangelistic and pastoral fire." Not surprisingly, the evaluation is an apt summary of Dr. Williams' stimulating approach to systematic theology. The book is no substitute for the experience of the course. But, it will serve as a handy compendium. As Dr. Richard Pratt suggests (also on the back cover): "If you want to get the big picture of the whole Bible, take a look at this work."
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