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The Economy of the Covenants Between God and Man by Herman Witsius

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Herman Witsius (1636-1708)

Arguably known for the best work on Covenant Theology in print (at least in the top 5).

Herman Witsius (1636-1708) was Professor of Divinity in the Universities of Franeker, Utrecht, and Leyden. A brilliant and devout student, he was fluent in Latin, Greek, and Hebrew by the age of fifteen, when he entered the University of Utrecht. He was ordained at twenty-one and served in several pastorates, filling both the pulpit and the academic chair over the course of his life.

This, his magnum opus, is a reflection of some of the most fruitful and mature thinking on federal theology during the seventeenth century, and still holds a preeminent place in our own day.

Recommendation of the Work by Thomas Gibbons

THE famous HERMAN WITSIUS, Professor of Divinity at Utrecht, in Holland, and the author of a treatise entitled, “The Economy of the Covenants between God and Man,” and various other learned and theological tracts, was a writer, not only eminent for his great talents and particularly solid judgment, rich imagination, and elegancy of composition, but for a deep, powerful, and evangelical spirituality and savour of godliness: and we most heartily concur in the recommendation of his Works to serious Christians of all denominations, and especially to Ministers, and candidates for that sacred office.


The late reverend, learned, and pious Mr. JAMES HERVEY, in his “Theron and Aspasio,” vol. ii. p. 366, having mentioned a work of the above WITSIUS, adds, “The Economy of the Covenants, written by the same hand, is a body of divinity, in its method so well digested, in its doctrines so truly evangelical, and (what is not very usual with our systematic writers) in its language so refined and elegant, in its manner so affectionate and animating, that I would recommend it to every student in divinity. I would not scruple to risk all my reputation upon the merits of this performance: and I cannot but lament it as one of my greatest losses, that I was no sooner acquainted with this most excellent author, all whose works have such a delicacy of composition, and such a sweet savour of holiness, that I know not any comparison more proper to represent their true character, than the golden pot which had manna, and was outwardly bright with burnished gold, inwardly rich with heavenly food.”

Extract of a Letter from a Clergyman in the Country to the Publisher

“———The sale of WITSIUS’S ‘Economy of the Covenants increases among my friends. The translation is very just, and the excellency of the work merits a place in every Christian’s library: I shall do my utmost to recommend it at all times, and on all proper occasions. No pious person on earth can forbear reading the third book without wonder, rapture, and devotion. It exceeds all commendation. Hervey might well say, ‘I would not scruple to risk all my reputation upon the merits of this performance.’ For my own part, I am not ashamed nor afraid of any scorn and ridicule, that may be poured on me from any quarter, whilst I constantly aver, that the work has not its equal in the world.”

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