God did not approve the polygamy of the fathers or commend it, but did only tolerate it as a lesser evil for the preventing of a greater. Marriage is the indivisible conjunction of one man and one woman only. This Christ of purpose teaches (Matt. 19) where He says that “God created them at the first man and woman,” and not women (v. 4), “that a man must forsake father and mother, and cleave to his wife,” not to his wives (v. 5), that “they twain shall be one flesh” (v. 6). And in all this Christ makes no new law, but only revives the first institution of marriage made in paradise. And Moses having set down this divine institution, adds withal that Lamech was the first that broke it by taking many wives.… Read More Polygamy in the Old Testament
Why did the New Testament writers quote from the Septuagint (LXX)? Did they favor the Septuagint over the original Hebrew text of the Old Testament?… Read More Did the Apostles Favor the Septuagint?
Johann Gerhard Theological Commonplaces: On the Nature of Theology and Scripture Chapter XIV: On The Integrity of the Hebrew Text in the Old Testament The Hebrew text is not corrupt. § 318. Among the arguments with which the Papists labor to carry their point that the Hebrew text of the Old Testament is not the… Read More The Purity of the Masoretic Text
Wilhelmus à Brakel The Christian’s Reasonable Service, Vol. 1 pp. 457-463 The Existence of an Additional, External Covenant with Men Denied Question #2: Did God, either in the Old or New Testament, establish a different, external covenant in addition to the covenant of grace? Answer: Before we answer this question it is necessary to define… Read More Was the Old Testament Merely External and Temporal?
Francis Turretin, Institutes of Elenctic Theology III.xxvi, vol. 1, pp. 272-277. Can the mystery of the Trinity be proved from the Old Testament, and was it known under it? We affirm against the Socinians. I. From the arguments adduced by us before to prove the necessity of this doctrine as a fundamental article, it might… Read More The Trinity in the Old Testament