Many know Craig Blaising from his work within Progressive Dispensationalism. I must say that Blaising presents a better case for the pretrib view than I have ever read. If, when I was studying the scriptures in search of the pretrib rapture, I had come across this presentation, I may have been persuaded that the view was at least plausible. Instead, the pretribbers I talked to and notes that I read simply did not make a good case. Blaising realizes, like most scholars now, that the battle is being fought over the nature and timing of the Day of the LORD. Already you can see that Blaising is not inserting a false dichotomy in the chronology of the passage.
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Shelves: christology , covenant , end-times-bible-prophecy , hermeneutics Blaising and Bock BB gives us an excellent update on how dispensationalism has changed over the past two centuries. They begin with a thorough chapter on the different variety of dispensationalisms plural with their unique emphases.
They are not afraid to point out where some models fall short. Then the discuss hermeneutics. It is no longer true that dispensationalists simply claim that They interpret the bible literally.
The newer dispensationalists are very sensitive to the different Blaising and Bock BB gives us an excellent update on how dispensationalism has changed over the past two centuries. This allows them to say that the New Covenant really does apply to believers while the specific land promises are yet to be realized. This point should not be missed: earlier dispensationalists had a hard time saying that the New Covenant applied to believers today, since the land promises were tied to it.
The section on biblical covenants was particularly good. BB gives particular attention to the principle of mediation. The Abrahamic covenant introduces this principle.
The Davidic covenant provides the means for which the Abrahamic promises will be realized. More specifically, we see that the office of mediator belongs to a King ; Psalm BB note that when God appeals to his faithfulness, he does so on the grounds of the promises made to Abraham, not on the Mosaic covenant Dt God promises judgments based on violating the Mosaic covenant, but eternal faithfulness on the ground of the Abrahamic-Davidic covenant Psalm They end with some suggestions for the church.
This book is superior to some Covenant Theology accounts. It is worth noting that PD listened to the criticisms of Covenant Theology and adapted. The particular progressive dispensationalism found in this book does a good job of correcting some of the more obvious errors in classic and revised dispensationalism, and provides a good overview of the structure of redemptive history.
It still, however, is stuck on an insufficient understanding of typology that fuels the double-fulfillment of many promises to Israel and the Church. I had to read I was surprised at how much of this book I agreed with, seeing as I am not a dispensationalist. I had to read this for a class, but was pleasantly surprised at what I found - even though I still disagree with their fundamental argument. Part 1 and Chapter 1 examine the history of Dispensationalism, which Bock and Blaising consider Dispensationalism to be one of the most widespread and influential traditions in evangelical theology today P9.
The authors define Dispensationalism as follows: The term dispensationalism comes from the word dispensation which refers to a distinctive way in which God manages or arranges the Bock and Blaising offer a solid treatment concerning their view on the theological system of Dispensationalism. Recognizing different dispensations in Scripture, such as the dispensation of Israel with its distinctive regulations and ceremonies and the dispensation of the church today, has been quite common in the history of biblical interpretation.
Bock and Blaising begin with the rise and spread of Dispensationalism, focusing on how it stemmed from the Brethren movement and came to popularity with the Scofield Reference Bible. They continue with an examination of the dispensational tradition, focusing on: the authority of Scripture, defining dispensations, the uniqueness of the church, the practical significance of the universal church, the significance of biblical prophecy, futurist premillennialism, the immanent return of Christ, and a national future for Israel one of the distinctions of Dispensationalism.
Part 2 examines the hermeneutical background of Progressive Dispensationalism and allows readers to think through how to properly interpret the biblical text.
Chapter 2 outlines how Bock and Blaising read the text. Discussions on worldviews, presuppositions, and preunderstandings and determining the meaning of Scripture begin the chapter. The relationship between Scripture and tradition and the role of the Spirit round out the chapter.
Chapter 3 covers how the text speaks to Bock and Blaising. Extended discussions on each of these topics follow, including a treatment on genre. Relating Old Testament passages to New Testament passages and ways of reading the text round out the chapter. Part 3 begins the exposition and the meat of Progressive Dispensationalism as a system.
Dispensations in biblical history are also covered, as well as the relationship between dispensations and covenant and dispensations and the Kingdom of God.
Chapter 5 examines the structure of biblical covenants prior to Christ. The relationship between the Davidic Covenant and other covenants is also discussed. Chapter 6 presents the fulfillment of the biblical covenants through Jesus Christ. Jesus as the fulfillment of the Davidic Covenant and the Covenant King is covered first, as well as some objections are outlined and answered. Jesus as the fulfillment of the Abrahamic Covenant follows, with the blessing of the Gentiles and the reception of the blessing by faith included.
The relationship between Jesus and the Mosaic Covenant and Jesus and the New Covenant, including Jesus as the Mediator of the New Covenant, the forgiveness of sins, the promise of the Holy Spirit, the new heart, the resurrection of the dead, the New Covenant blessing in Christ, and future New Covenant blessing, all round out the chapter.
Chapter 7 focuses on the Kingdom of God in the Old Testament. God and the Messiah as the King of Israel begin the chapter, with a discussion on divine and human kingship as the unity of the Kingdom of God follows. A future Eschatological Kingdom as an intermediate Millennial Kingdom from a Premillenial view conclude the chapter. Part 4 examines the practical Theology and ministry aspects of the system of Progressive Dispensationalism.
Chapter 9 present the Theological and ministerial issues in Progressive Dispensationalism. An examination of Theology and history, specifically focusing on prophecy and current events and Theology and the hope of Israel follows. Comparing Classical and Progressive Dispensationalism with regard to Christology conclude the chapter.
Craig A. Blaising
Development[ edit ] While elements of progressive dispensational views were present in earlier dispensational writers, including Scofield and Eric Sauer, the view itself coalesced around specific issues and questions raised in the s. Numerous dispensational scholars came to a rough consensus and in the early s produced three main books articulating progressive dispensationalist views. Blaising , Darrell L. Bock , and Robert L. Saucy — are considered the primary spokespersons for progressive dispensationalism.