A Brief Book Notice from Books At a Glance
By Fred G. Zaspel
After long years of competition between hermeneutical systems there still seems no clear winner in sight, only more options. In this new book, our friend Ben Merkle does not attempt to decide the issue for you; instead, he does the helpful service of helping you understand the options – and in my judgment, he succeeds very well.
In no other book I know of will you find a clearer presentation of these competing hermeneutical systems. Merkle is well-informed, insightful, even-handed, and precise in highlighting the critical distinctives of each system – all this while remaining concise and plainly accessible. All sides will find this analytical summary helpful.
Table of Contents
Prelude: Four (Intended) Results of Reading This Book
- An Introduction to Theological Systems of Discontinuity and Continuity
- Classic Dispensationalism
- Revised Dispensationalism
- Progressive Dispensationalism
- Progressive Covenantalism
- Covenant Theology
- Christian Reconstructionism
Conclusion: Summary of the Six Theological Systems
For an introductory study of these competing systems of interpretation, you’ll not find a better place to start.