Thursday, May 27, 2010

Brandon Adams' Helpful Outline of John Owen on Hebrews 8:6-13

Recently, as a reslut of reading The Fatal Flaw of the Theology Behind Infant Baptism by Jeffrey D. Johnson, I have become more interested in studying the idea that the Mosaic Covenant was in some sense a republication of the Covenant of Works. And I have become especially interested in reading more from John Owen on the issue. In the process, I have found some helpful information at Brandon Adam's Contrast blog, particularly his post on John Owen's contribution to the discussion and his a Collapsible Outline of Owen on Hebrews 8:6-13.

For a good, brief introduction to the doctrine of republication, check out the three part series by R. Scott Clark over at the Heidelblog: Part One, Part Two, Part Three.


  1. Where do you find the Johnson book? I checked cbd and amazon but didn't see it.

  2. The publisher is Free grace Press:

    However, there is a special offer from Richbarry Press:

    The book normally sells for $16-18, but it is available from Richbarry Press for just $10.00 plus postage. Just contact:

    Richbarry Press, c/o Dr. Richard P. Belcher, 105 River Wood Drive, Fort Mill, SC.

    Or call 803-396-7962

    Or email

  3. I'm glad the outline has proven helpful. Be aware also in your reading (such as R. Scott Clark) that WCF'ers who are advocating republication are not willing to do full justice to Owen's view. Owen's view was self-consciously outside of WCF. For example, Michael Brown, who has written an article in the Confessional Prebyterian about Owen's view of the Mosaic Covenant, claims his view was that of WCF:

    My only point being - make sure you read Owen yourself, rather than letting the scholars tell you what he said. He is substantially different from a number of covenant theologies on a number of points.

    Also, be sure you check out A. W. Pink's "The Divine Covenants" as he has a similar view (republication), though I believe Pink improved upon Owen.

  4. Thanks for the additional input, Brandon. I will check out these other sources as well.