Featured Joel R. Beeke's New Systematic Theology

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  1. bookslover

    bookslover Puritan Board Professor

    Well, the official publication date was yesterday (March 31).

    But (1) it's still listed, ominously, as a pre-order item at Reformation Heritage Books's website and (2) Amazon says, ominously, that it will be delivered in "1 to 2 months."

    This is not looking good. Does this mean we have to wait EVEN LONGER?

    Grrr. We are not amused.
     
  2. Reformed Bookworm

    Reformed Bookworm Puritan Board Sophomore

    I will ask Dr. Beeke what the new date is when I talk to him later.
     
  3. bookslover

    bookslover Puritan Board Professor

    UPDATE: I talked to a plugged-in guy at RHB (I called because I had a question about something else) about the book. He says the books should be coming in later this week, and they'll start shipping them later this week and next week.

    He also told me they have nearly 700 pre-orders for it. Nice to know people are interested in theology.

    So, apparently, Crossway (and other publishers?) doesn't release the physical books to bookstores until the official publication date has literally passed? Legalists! LOL
     
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  4. bookslover

    bookslover Puritan Board Professor

    UPDATE: It showed up today (4/11) at my house. I could have kissed the mailman (but I refrained). A nice-looking volume, too.

    Actual pagination: 1,309.

    I've already started it.
     
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  5. Reformed Bookworm

    Reformed Bookworm Puritan Board Sophomore

    I am glad you received it. It is worth the wait. You will be blessed by it. The study questions are a nice feature.
     
  6. TheInquirer

    TheInquirer Puritan Board Freshman

    Would love to hear your thoughts on it at some point especially in comparison to other systematic works.
     
  7. JTB.SDG

    JTB.SDG Puritan Board Sophomore

    This is just Volume 1, correct?
     
  8. Reformed Bookworm

    Reformed Bookworm Puritan Board Sophomore

    Yes. I can post the TOC if anyone is interested to see the subject matter that is covered in volume one.
     
  9. Johnathan Lee Allen

    Johnathan Lee Allen Puritan Board Freshman

    Please. I haven’t gotten mine yet.
     
  10. Timmay

    Timmay Puritan Board Freshman

    I got mine at LigCon but my preorder copy showed up Monday. I’m gonna give it to my church library.


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  11. Reformed Bookworm

    Reformed Bookworm Puritan Board Sophomore

    "
    Contents




    Abbreviations........................................................................................................... 13

    Tables.......................................................................................................................... 15

    Preface........................................................................................................................ 17

    PART 1: PROLEGOMENA: INTRODUCTION TO THEOLOGY AND THE DOCTRINE OF REVELATION

    Analytical Outline: Prolegomena......................................................................... 25

    Section A: Introduction to Theology

    1 What Is Theology? Part 1: An Academic Discipline............................. 39

    2 What Is Theology? Part 2: A Spiritual Discipline................................. 55

    3 Who Does Theology? Where? When?....................................................... 68

    4 Which Theology Do We Do? Part 1: Christian, Catholic, Evangelical............. 83

    5 Which Theology Do We Do? Part 2: Reformed: Historical, Confessional, Theological, and Hermeneutical Perspectives.................................. 101

    6 Which Theology Do We Do? Part 3: Reformed: Polemical and Experiential Perspectives................................................................................................... 115

    7 Why Do We Do Theology?....................................................................... 130

    8 How Do We Do Theology? Part 1: Spiritual Dynamics.................. 145

    9 How Do We Do Theology? Part 2: Academic Methods................. 159

    Section B: The Doctrine of Revelation

    10 Theological Fundamentals of Divine Revelation................................ 177

    11 General Revelation, Part 1: Biblical Teaching...................................... 195







    12 General Revelation, Part 2: Philosophy and Science......................... 214

    13 General Revelation, Part 3: Natural Theology and Theistic Arguments 231

    Excursus: Some Historical Perspective on Natural Theology and

    Theistic Proofs.............................................................................................. 244

    14 Special Revelation: Biblical Teaching..................................................... 264

    15 Errors Regarding Special Revelation, Part 1: Romanism

    and Liberalism.............................................................................................. 281

    16 Errors Regarding Special Revelation, Part 2:

    Liberalism’s Offspring................................................................................ 298

    17 The Bible as the Word of God.................................................................. 316

    18 The Properties of the Written Word, Part 1: Authority

    and Clarity...................................................................................................... 334

    19 The Properties of the Written Word, Part 2: Necessity, Unity,

    and Efficacy................................................................................................... 352

    20 The Properties of the Written Word, Part 3: Inerrant

    Veracity.......................................................................................................... 371

    21 The Properties of the Written Word, Part 4: Objections

    to Inerrancy................................................................................................... 383

    22 The Properties of the Written Word, Part 5: Sufficiency................. 395

    23 The Cessation of Special Revelation, Part 1:

    Charismatic Continuationism................................................................... 409

    24 The Cessation of Special Revelation, Part 2: Prophecy Today . . .433

    25 Applied Revelation for Practical Fruit................................................... 458

    PART 2: THEOLOGY PROPER: THE DOCTRINE OF GOD

    Analytical Outline: Theology Proper............................................................... 483

    Section A: The Doctrine of God’s Triune Glory

    26 Introduction: The True Knowledge of God.......................................... 501

    27 Introduction to God’s Nature and Attributes, Part 1:

    Biblical Teaching.......................................................................................... 518







    28 Introduction to God’s Nature and Attributes, Part 2:

    Theological Issues........................................................................................ 533

    29 The Name of “the Lord” (YHWH)........................................................ 549

    30 The Holiness of the Lord........................................................................... 566

    31 Gods That Are Not God............................................................................ 584

    32 God’s Spirituality.......................................................................................... 606

    33 God’s Simplicity: “The Lord Our God Is One Lord”...................... 624

    34 God’s Infinity, Part 1: Incomprehensibility, Aseity,

    and Immensity.............................................................................................. 638

    35 God’s Infinity, Part 2: Eternity: Infinity with Respect to Time....... 659

    Excursus: Problems of Time and Eternity...................................................... 673

    36 God’s Immutability, Part 1: Biblical Teaching..................................... 685

    37 God’s Immutability, Part 2: Theological Issues................................... 702

    38 God’s Knowledge, Part 1: Omniscience and Wisdom....................... 719

    39 God’s Knowledge, Part 2: Foreknowledge............................................ 739

    40 God’s Sovereignty: An Introduction to Omnipotence....................... 758

    41 God’s Moral Excellence, Part 1: Goodness and Love....................... 781

    42 God’s Moral Excellence, Part 2: Truth and Righteousness.............. 805

    43 God’s Moral Excellence, Part 3: Jealousy, Impassibility, and Joy...... 829

    44 God’s Moral Excellence, Part 4: Wrath and Compassion................ 852

    45 The Trinity, Part 1: Biblical Teaching.................................................... 876

    46 The Trinity, Part 2: Historical Development........................................ 902

    47 The Trinity, Part 3: Theological and Practical Considerations . . .929

    Section B: The Doctrine of God’s Sovereign Purpose

    48 The Decree of God: General Considerations........................................ 957

    49 Predestination, Part 1: Election and Reprobation.............................. 979

    50 Predestination, Part 2: Historical Development through

    Reformed Orthodoxy............................................................................... 1000







    51 Predestination, Part 3: Questions and Uses...................................... 1031

    52 God’s Providence, Part 1: Biblical Teaching....................................... 1058

    53 God’s Providence, Part 2: Problems and Applications................... 1081

    Section C: The Doctrine of Angels and Demons

    54 The Holy Angels of God......................................................................... 1109

    55 Satan and the Demons............................................................................. 1133

    Bibliography......................................................................................................... 1159

    General Index....................................................................................................... 1215

    Scripture Index.................................................................................................... 1245
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  12. bookslover

    bookslover Puritan Board Professor

    Yes, of four.
     
  13. bookslover

    bookslover Puritan Board Professor

    I'm now impatiently waiting for the arrival of Volume 2 - in about a year from now! LOL
     
  14. lynnie

    lynnie Puritan Board Senior

    We got it last night. I didn't start reading it yet.

    I was actually disappointed because I was picturing a better version of Grudem, ie, something more accessible for laymen with better theology in some areas. This looks daunting to most people I would think, except to look up some special topic.

    Well, maybe time to pray that people change their reading habits. No point wanting to dumb down books.
     
  15. Reformed Bookworm

    Reformed Bookworm Puritan Board Sophomore

    If you don't mind me asking, what appears daunting about it?
     
  16. JTB.SDG

    JTB.SDG Puritan Board Sophomore

    Guessing it might have something to do with it being 1312 pages...for volume 1:book2:
     
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  17. Reformed Bookworm

    Reformed Bookworm Puritan Board Sophomore

    Makes sense. It can look intimidating. I think those reservations will subside once people start reading it. In typical Dr. Beeke fashion, it is warmly written, easy to digest, and a treasure of great quotes.
     
  18. Reformed Covenanter

    Reformed Covenanter Puritan Board Doctor

    Such a book would be most welcome. Wayne Grudem's is the best modern systematic theology in terms of presentation, though, from a Reformed point of view, some of the author's positions are highly problematic.
     
  19. Reformed Covenanter

    Reformed Covenanter Puritan Board Doctor

    Is Dr Beeke's co-author still a Baptist?
     
  20. Reformed Bookworm

    Reformed Bookworm Puritan Board Sophomore

    Paul Smalley, yes. He is his teaching assistant.
     
  21. Reformed Covenanter

    Reformed Covenanter Puritan Board Doctor

    Then how can it be a Reformed systematic theology? Sacramentology is pretty important to Reformed theology.
     
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  22. TheInquirer

    TheInquirer Puritan Board Freshman

    How big is the type? Similar to his other large books? (I can't tell from the Amazon preview)

    Questions I have when you guys are able to answer:

    • How would you compare this with Berkhof and A'Brakel as far as depth and precision on each topic?
    • How much space is given to application?
    • What do you think Beeke offers in this work that other Reformed systematicians do not?
    Thanks in advance - I am genuinely making an effort to cut down on my impulse book buying addiction.
     
  23. Taylor Sexton

    Taylor Sexton Puritan Board Sophomore

    Although I have gotten better myself, I still find that the leopard can more easily change his spots...
     
  24. BayouHuguenot

    BayouHuguenot Puritan Board Doctor

    Even though I haven't read this book, I've read most of Beeke's works (which means I've probably already read 200 pages of this book). I think I can guess an answer:

    1. Berkhof is probably far more precise. That was Berkhof's strength. Probably similar to A'Brakel since Beeke seems to deliberately aim for that tradition.

    2. Lots, I'd imagine.

    3. Dutch 2nd Reformation.
     
  25. bookslover

    bookslover Puritan Board Professor

    If you would like a taste of Beeke and Smalley, check out the post, "Historical Theology," at my blog listed in my signature. It's currently the top post. It's good (both the post and the blog, heh).
     
  26. Reformed Covenanter

    Reformed Covenanter Puritan Board Doctor

    Will these volumes be available as PDFs? Given the point that Jacob has alluded to about the Dutch Further Reformation, I suspect that there might be a lot of quotations from previously untranslated Dutch primary sources. If so, that might entice me to read through it. :coffee:
     
  27. Stephen L Smith

    Stephen L Smith Puritan Board Junior

    I think this is an important point. For me, Beeke is very helpful in showing that the Dutch 2nd Reformation had esentially the same emphasis as British Puritanism.
     
  28. TheInquirer

    TheInquirer Puritan Board Freshman

    Thanks for the response gents. Beeke is an impressive guy and I love what he is trying to do. We need more experimental preachers in the pulpit who are also deeply theological. My heart certainly longs for it.

    Ha! Sure feels like it. What’s worse is my wife completely supports my habit :)
     
  29. Stephen L Smith

    Stephen L Smith Puritan Board Junior

    That reminds me of a comment by OPC Pastor Carl Trueman regarding one of his former students, now a pastor of a PCA church. Carl said he is "not far from the Kingdom of God". Carl further said of a Baptist pastor, he is "not too far from the kingdom of God", perhaps a little further away :)
     
  30. bookslover

    bookslover Puritan Board Professor

    I asked Dr. Beeke that question: since he's Dutch Reformed and Smalley is Reformed Baptist, how will the section on baptism play out? He responded that the two of them have only talked about that once so far but, as it won't be discussed until Volume 4, they have plenty of time to hash that out.
     
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