New O. Palmer Robertson Festschrift

You need to buy this book straightway. Essays are by such folk as Nick Willborn, Bruce Waltke, Benjamin Shaw, Richard Gaffin, George Knight, Knox Chamblin, Simon Kistemaker, Robert Reymond, Douglas Kelly, Richard Phillips (on baptism in 1 Peter 3:21!), Guy Waters (on Norman Shepherd’s theology, presumably a summary of his upcoming book!), Duncan Rankin, Dominic Aquila, Joey Pipa, Terry Johnson, Michael Milton, Chad Van Dixhoorn, Morton Smith, and Will Barker.  


  1. RBerman said,

    May 27, 2008 at 3:20 pm

    Dunkin Rankin? Is that like Dunkin Donuts?

    I believe it’s “Duncan.” Best wishes on his new church, incidentally!

  2. greenbaggins said,

    May 27, 2008 at 3:25 pm

    Oops. thanks for catching that one.

  3. RBerman said,

    May 28, 2008 at 11:03 am

    Nitpicking is my spiritual gift! Along those lines, “Chad Van Dixhoorn” has two “o”s in it, and “Morton Smth” should be “Morton Smith.”

  4. greenbaggins said,

    May 28, 2008 at 11:05 am

    Well, that goes to show you what happens when one is in a hurry. I don’t normally spell that badly.

  5. Jim Cassidy said,

    May 28, 2008 at 3:00 pm

    I normally DO spell that badly . . .

    Incidently, Rankin Duncan wrote a tremendous dissertation on the doctrine of Union with Christ in the theology of T.F. Torrance. A book that should be published.

    Anyway, for what its worth . . .

  6. Barry Waugh said,

    May 28, 2008 at 3:22 pm

    It is nice to see that Dr. Robertson is being honored by this stellar collection of writers.

    I owe much of my understanding of the Old Testament to Dr. Robertson. My two Old Testament History and Theology classes, as well as the two classes on the Poetical Books and the Prophets, were some of the most rewarding in my Westminster Seminary education as I heard him in both a scholarly and pastoral fashion explain the Old Testament. I had thought for a few years that Christians interpret the Old Testament by moralizing its tales of piety; I really did not know there was a Redemptive-Historical option, but Dr. Robertson tied it all together and made sense of it by showing that the majestic revelation of Jesus Christ was THE purpose of God’s Word originally given to the Hebrews. I took a particular delight in understanding that Hebrew poetry was not poetry because it rhymed, but because of parallelism (I know, this does not sound like much fun, but it does make Hebrew poetry make sense to English speakers). Dr. Robertson taught me the unity and relevance of the Old Testament to New Testament Christians, while illumining my dense mind to the Christ-centered nature of God’s Revelation to our Hebrew ancestors. I do not know how many times I heard him say, “The covenant is a bond in blood sovereignly administered,” which is a simple definition that incorporates a truck-full of theology. The terms “covenant renewal” and “covenant memorial” were also heard echoing from the walls of Van Til Hall as he taught about the Pentateuch and the book of Joshua. I remember when we were studying Joshua that one student questioned him about Rahab’s red cord being red because it was typical of Christ’s blood, but Dr. Robertson said emphatically, “NO,” because the rest of the Bible did not warrant interpreting the red color in that way (ie Scripture interprets Scripture); he believed it was red simply because it would be more visible against the Jericho stone wall. Other students chimed in and wanted that cord to be red because of Christ’s blood, but he stuck-to-his-guns and denied that such an interpretation was warranted by God’s Word.

    Dr. Robertson’s books, “The Christ of the Covenants” and “The Christ of the Prophets” should be required reading for all students who wish to understand the Covenant. Dr. Robertson’s analysis and dismantling of the Dillard-Longman perspective on the authorship of Isaiah 40-66 is sufficiently worthy of the price of “The Christ of the Prophets” (see pages 228-235).

    In addition to his copious work in Old Testament studies, Dr. Robertson has been a churchman in the front lines of issues including justification by faith, the inspiration and inerrancy of the Word, and whether non-violent civil disobedience was appropriate for Christians (he contended with vigor that it was decidedly not).

    As to his pastoral influence, I remember him reading an article from a periodical during class one day. The article was celebrating the long ministry of a pastor in a Southern town, I think it was in Mississippi. The pastor, if my memory serves me well, had ministered at the same church for well over fifty years. Dr. Robertson commented that, “This is success and faithfulness in ministry.” He also commented about the three generations of church members in the pastor’s congregation he would have seen come-and-go. He would have baptized, taught the catechism, married and buried many as he stuck to his pastoral charge. As “success” is often portrayed today as moving to the next bigger and more lucrative pulpit, Dr. Robertson’s comments on this faithful pastor were thought provoking, convicting, and encouraging.

    Dr. Robertson is an honorable, scholarly, faithful, knowledgeable, gracious, and seemingly tireless expositor of God’s Word, and it is wonderful that this book has been dedicated to an elder who rules well and is worthy of double honor. May God continue to bless his teaching and pastoral ministry in Africa, America and the United Kingdom.

  7. greenbaggins said,

    May 28, 2008 at 4:05 pm

    Let us pray… ;-)

  8. GLW Johnson said,

    May 29, 2008 at 8:02 am

    During my time at WTS in the late 70’s and early 80’s Robertson was one of the more outspoken critics among the faculty of Shepherd. His account of this was later published under the title ‘The Current Justification Controversy’- Most interesting is the fact that Robertson did not link Shepherd to Van Til- a hobby that is very popular in some circles that ironically are very much opposed to each other in their take on Van Til.

  9. S. Welch said,

    May 29, 2008 at 10:09 am

    Palmer is being honored at our General Assembly next month and will be autographing copies of this book. He was my Old Testament professor in seminary and I learned much from him about covenant theology. He is a wonderful servant of the Lord and what an honor to a great man of God. Him and his wife, Joanna are doing a great work in Africa. May the Lord bless them with much success in their ministry

  10. Robert L. Penny said,

    May 29, 2008 at 10:57 am

    I appreciate the exchange about the now published “The Hope Fulfilled: Essays in Honor of O. Palmer Robertson.” I was directed to your site by one of the contributors. All PCA TEs and REs and guests are invited to the presentation luncheon on Tuesday, June 10, at noon. However, you must register in the next 4 days. Go to to register and pay the $25. lunch charge (Dallas has expensive meals and rooms) and plan to join us. You can order now through the PCA/CE Bookstore or your favorite P & R books distributor.

    Also, I wanted to comment on Barry’s reference to the long-tenured pastor in Miss. Check the “Banner of Truth” magazine of April 1978 for an article on “A Reformed Pastor in the South” for the life and theology of Dr. Cornelius Washington Grafton, who served the Union Church (PCUS, now PCA) congregation for 63 years (from seminary graduation) to death. He was moderator of the 1917 General Assembly, started a Christian school in his church, was offered pastorates in Memphis, Atlanta, and New Orleans. The book on which this article is based is a former Ph.D dissertation (University of Chicago) by Dr. Alan Cabaniss who became a distinguished professor of history at the University of Mississippi for over 40 years and was a PCUS pastor in Columbia and Hazlehurst, Miss. There is also an old copy of Grafton’s moderatorial sermon that is excellent. By the way, Grafton was also offered the presidencies of University of Mississippi, Mississippi State, and what is now Rhodes College. One of his sons became a missionary to China. Find the article. Your readers will love it.

  11. greenbaggins said,

    May 29, 2008 at 11:17 am

    Thanks so much for dropping by, Robert, and welcome to my blog. Dr. Robertson has been a very important force in the Reformed world for quite a while now, and I am glad he is being so honored, or rather that Christ is being honored through him (which is surely something he would want to say).

  12. May 29, 2008 at 11:28 am

    I am actually listening to an MP3 right now by Dr. Robertson on Covenant of Creation. Great Stuff!!!

  13. Barry Waugh said,

    May 29, 2008 at 11:45 am

    Bobby, thank you for the bibliographic information regarding the pastor who served for so many years. I have another remembrance that I think might be beneficial. Dr. Robertson is a proponent of large Bibles in the pulpit. Of course, the symbolism involved is that the preacher is an expositor of the Word of God and the Word is the center of his work. This was something that he mentioned several times during his classes. I guess he might be a bit discouraged by the total lack of a Bible in some pulpits of today.

  14. May 29, 2008 at 11:46 am

    Or maybe the complete lack of Pulpits in some churches replaced by glorified music stands.

  15. Barry Waugh said,

    May 29, 2008 at 11:48 am

    Benjamin, yes I forgot about that!

  16. S. Welch said,

    June 3, 2008 at 8:29 am

    R. Berman, you should visit more blogs and exercise your gift of “nitpicking.” I have seen grammar and errors worse than Lane’s. I think we should give you the red pin and appoint you as the official proofer. I really proofed my comment before submitting it, because I am sure you have your red pen in your hand.

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