This post is more for my own benefit than anything else. But if, by chance, my study on the nature of the Kingdom interested you, I thought I would post a list of valuable resources for further reading about the many different issues and implications in the controversy surrounding Dispensationalism vs. Covenantalism. If you have other excellent resources to recommend, I’d be happy to hear about them.
- First, Dr. Reluctant, the blog of Dr. Paul Henebury, is an outstanding resource for dispensational issues in general, and though I can’t simply endorse every fine point to be found here (as with any other resource), I would certainly recommend this blog as a valuable resource for just about any topic on which he touches, as well as his website, Telos Theological Ministries.
- Particularly, Dr. Henebury proposes what he calls Biblical Covenantalism, (distinct from Covenant Theology) which I find very appealing for a variety of reasons.
- Dr. Henebury also has a valuable discussion regarding the relationship between Dispensationalism and Calvinism
- Bible.org is a great website with many scholars out of Dallas Theological Seminary. You can find many resources on Dispensational and Covenant Theology, and will get a good exposure to Progressive Dispensationalism as well.
- Of course, no list of resources would be complete without providing something from Gene Cunningham. So, here is a simple chart of the 4-dispensation view; and here Gene gives a quick explanation of what a dispensation is. Gene also has a helpful discussion of hermeneutics here; and a very brief but valuable explanation of the rapture here.
- Gene also has some excellent discussion of dispensational issues in his conferences on The Purpose of the Church (with notes), the Rapture: Our Blessed Hope (with notes), The Book of Revelation, and The Mountaintops of Scripture (with notes).
- Jesse Johnson, over at the Cripplegate, has several thought-provoking articles that are sure to stir up some ire; he certainly does well to remind us of a more consistently dispensational understanding of mercy ministry though – here, here, here, and here.
- Chafer Theological Seminary is a strongly traditional dispensational seminary, and you can find resources dealing with dispensational/covenantal issues in the CTS Journal.
- Chafer Seminary also recently had a conference on dispensationalism in March, that I would highly recommend.
- The Pre-Trib Research Center is a good resource for many issues within the dispensational discussion
- The Masters Seminary Journal also has a lot of material to be found on dispensationalism, also often from a more progressive stance.
- It also may be helpful to look into the Council on Dispensational Hermeneutics
And now for a very long list of other resources (mainly books, but with some online articles as well) that could be very useful for the further study of dispensationalism:
Bottom Line (If you only get a couple books, consider these first):
Has The Church Replaced Israel? – Michael Vlach
The Greatness of the Kingdom – Alva McClain
Dispensationalism – Charles C. Ryrie
Dispensationalism: Essential Beliefs and Common Myths – Michael Vlach
Progressive Dispensationalism – Darrell Bock & Craig Blaising
The Case for Progressive Dispensationalism – Robert Saucy
Major Bible Prophecies – John F. Walvoord
The Greatness of the Kingdom – Alva J. McClain
Has the Church Replaced Israel?: Evaluation of Replacement Theology – Michael Vlach
Michael Vlach’s Blog is altogether an indispensable resource.
The Kingdom in Matthew – Matthew Allen
Paul and the “Israel of God”: An Exegetical and Eschatological Study — S. Lewis Johnson
The Theocratic Kingdom (3 Vols) – George N. H. Peters
Everlasting Dominion – Eugene Merrill
A Biblical Theology of the Old Testament – Zuck/Merrill/Bock (eds.)
The Millennial Kingdom – John F. Walvoord
The Kingdom of God in the Teaching of Jesus – Norman Perrin
The Parables of Jesus – J. Dwight Pentecost
The Parables of the Kingdom – G. Campbell Morgan
Reflections on Dispensationalism – John Walvoord
The Kingdom of God in the New Testament (The Master’s Seminary Journal 2) – David Farnell
The Kingdom of God in the Old Testament – William Barrick
Understanding End Times Prophecy (2nd ed.) – Paul Benware
The Footsteps of the Messiah (2nd ed.) – Arnold G. Fruchtenbaum
Israelology – Arnold G. Fruchtenbaum
Other Important Studies:
Israel in Prophecy – John F. Walvoord
Things to Come – J. Dwight Pentecost
Thy Kingdom Come – J. Dwight Pentecost
Revelation 20 and the Millennial Debate – Matthew Wehmeyer
Continuity and Discontinuity – (ed.) John Feinberg
Dispensationalism and God’s Glory – Greg Herrick
The Messianic Hope – Michael Rydelnik
Jerusalem in Prophecy – J. Randall Price
“When God Was King.” – Doug Bookman
The Temple and Bible Prophecy – J. Randall Price
Premillennialism and Amillennialism – C. L. Feinberg
Future Israel – Barry Horner
The Rapture Question – John F. Walvoord
Kept From The Hour – Gerald Stanton
Messianic Christology – Arnold Fruchtenbaum
There Really Is A Difference – Renald Showers
Has the Church Replaced Israel? – Michael Vlach
Issues in Dispensationalism – (eds.) J. Master & W. Willis
Christ’s Prophetic Plans – (eds.) R. Mayhue, J. MacArthur, et al
Israel: The Land and the People – (ed.) H. Wayne House
Three Central Issues in Contemporary Dispensationalism – (ed.) Herbert W. Bateman