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By Robert A. Peterson / Christian Focus / 1999
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John Calvin had a profound understanding of the atoning work of Christ. In this book, Robert Peterson first examines what Calvin says regarding the love of God, the Incarnation, and Christ's offices of Prophet, Priest, and King. He goes on to consider Calvin's comments on other aspects of Christ's work: he is the Second Adam, the Victor, the Substitute, the Sacrifice, and the Example.
Calvin dealt with Christ's saving ministry, as with all other biblical themes, in a different way. . . . Dr. Peterson's monograph lays out the elements of this synthesis in a way that Calvin himself would certainly have approved. The task has not been tackled in print before in so adequate a manner, and this essay is something of a milestone. I commend it heartily, both as a fine contribution to modern Calvin studies and as a worthy presentation of insights into a central theme of scripture from one of the greatest Bible expositors of all.
—J. I. Packer, Board of Governors' Professor of Theology, Regent College, Vancouver, Canada
Robert A. Peterson (Ph.D., Drew University) is professor of systematic theology at Covenant Theological Seminary in St. Louis, Missouri. He was formerly professor of New Testament and theology at Biblical Theological Seminary in Hatfield, Pennsylvania.