The Law/Gospel Distinction (Olevianus)

 The Reformers understood the difference between the law and the gospel.  It wasn't just Luther who made this important distinction.  For one example, here's how Caspar Olevianus (d. 1587) explained it (as quoted by Otto Thelemann): "With reference to the relation between the law and the Gospel, Olevianus says: “The law is a principle which… Continue reading The Law/Gospel Distinction (Olevianus)

The ‘Principle Doctrine’ of Scripture (Olevian)

 One of the lesser known but important early Reformed theologians is Caspar Olevian (d. 1587), who may have had a hand in writing the Heidelberg Catechism.  One of the many Reformed truths Olevian taught is the distinction between law and gospel.  Scott Clark summarizes Olevian's distinction (I've underlined Olevian's words for clarity): Law and gospel… Continue reading The ‘Principle Doctrine’ of Scripture (Olevian)

Olevian on the Law/Gospel Distinction

 Here are two excerpts from Caspar Olevian (d. 1587) on the law/gospel distinction.  They come from his commentaries on Romans and Galatians. "For this reason the distinction between the law and Gospel is retained.  The law does not promise freely, but under the condition that you keep it completely.  And if someone should transgress it once,… Continue reading Olevian on the Law/Gospel Distinction

Books of Note: OT Wisdom and the Apostle’s Creed

  UPDATE: 2 March, 2010, 7AM (PST) - It looks like this book is now sold out. I just noticed that the WTS bookstore has this excellent book on clearance (roughly 1/2 price - even much lower than used!): Roland Murphy's Tree of Life 3rd ed (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2002).  This is one of my favorites… Continue reading Books of Note: OT Wisdom and the Apostle’s Creed