Abstracts Of Recent WTS Doctoral Dissertations -- By: Anonymous
WTJ 78:2 (Fall 2016) p. 323
Abstracts Of Recent
WTS Doctoral Dissertations
The Lamb Slain From The Foundation Of The World:
Francis Turretin (1623–1687) On Christ’s Suretyship Under The Old Testament
This study examines Francis Turretin’s (1623–1687) account of the Cocceian-Voetian debate over Christ’s suretyship under the OT. In the literature on Turretin, the Genevan theologian’s take on this intra-Reformed controversy has been either only sketched or outright overlooked, so this dissertation will show how Turretin adheres to the Voetianism of the Utrecht theologian Melchior Leydekker (1642–1721) while remaining conciliatory to the Cocceians. With Leydekker, Turretin argues that Christ’s suretyship in the OT is identical to what it is in the NT. As the Father decrees that Christ is the most perfect and certain fulfillment of God’s promise, the ancients benefit from Christ’s sacrifice as much as do the saints in the NT. The sins of the elect must be fully forgiven regardless of the progress of redemption in history, for the faithful both in the OT and the NT are saved by the same grace of Christ, the expromissor. At the same time, not only does Turretin leave out some of the controversial issues between the two parties, but he also tends to neutralize Leydekker’s acid criticism of the extreme Cocceian whose booklet De state des gemeynden verschils over het onderscheyd der vergevinge der sonden onder het Oude en Nieuwe Testament greatly disturbed the Voetians in the Netherlands. This conciliatory gesture indicates that Turretin did not consider Cocceianism his archenemy. His major treatise on atonement, De satisfactione Christi, aims to refute Socinianism and Roman Catholicism, rather than Cocceianism. Likewise, there is no hint of the Dutch dispute in his sermons. Except for his publications between the late 1670s and early 1680s, Turretin remains silent on the debate. Seen in this light, Turretin can be viewed as a moderate and peaceful Voetian.
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Significant Silence: Christ’s Death As Sacrifice
And The “Implied Reader” In Paul’s
Letter To The Galatians
Throughout Paul’s Epistle to the Galatians, there are certain references to the death of Jesus Christ as an act beneficial to those who are “of faith” or “in Christ” (2:19–21; 3:1, 13–14; 5:11–12, 24–26; 6:12, You must have a subscription and be logged in to read the entire article.
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