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The Prelapsarian Covenant as Proposed by Zacharias Ursinus

David A. Weir

in The Origins of the Federal Theology in Sixteenth-Century Reformation Thought

Published in print March 1990 | ISBN: 9780198266907
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191683107 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198266907.003.0004
The Prelapsarian Covenant as Proposed by Zacharias Ursinus

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The idea of a prelapsarian covenant is not an absolute novelty in the history of Christian doctrine, but it was not utilised extensively in Reformed theology until the second half of the 16th century. There is no evidence of its use during the early Reformation. Zacharias Ursinus is the theologian who first utilized the idea of a prelapsarian covenant to any great extent in the 16th century. This chapter explores Ursinus's doctrine of the covenant, particularly the prelapsarian covenant, and examines it within the context of his doctrine of predestination. Ursinus's Opera theologica were published in 1612. The editor, Quirinus Reuter, arranged the works in three volumes. The chapter examines the treatises that are significant in Ursinus's discussion of the covenant.

Keywords: prelapsarian covenant; Christian doctrine; Reformed theology; Zacharias Ursinus; doctrine of the covenant; doctrine of predestination; Opera theological; Quirinus Reuter

Chapter.  7309 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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