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Review: “From the Finger of God: The Biblical and Theological Basis for the Threefold Division of the Law”

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From the Finger of God: The Biblical and Theological Basis for the Threefold Division of the Law

Philip S. Ross

Christian Focus (Mentor), 2010, 448pp., paperback, £12.99

ISBN 9781845506018

With wit, verve and insight, Mr Ross sets himself against the apparently-growing consensus that the threefold division of the law is without basis in Scripture and illegitimate in theology, taking in as he does so some of the typical corollaries of such a position. He begins with a demonstration of the historical validity of this perspective, before leading us on a sequential trawl through the Scriptures, beginning with Moses, heading swiftly and surely to the New Testament and the experience and teaching of Christ and his apostles, reaching satisfying and searching conclusions, not least in the central matters of the gospel. While the scholarly depth and breadth of research is readily evident, the book is straightforward to read (helped by that lively style). Those who themselves hold to the author’s perspective will find much to encourage, instruct and stimulate, not least in those areas where there may be different nuances of understanding. Those who disagree must face and reckon with the gracious but forthright challenge that Mr Ross holds out. An excellent book, and warmly recommended.

Written by Jeremy Walker

Friday 11 March 2011 at 08:42

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  1. This book is a must-read (well, almost) for all pastors. It does what no book I know does – it both explains and proves (IMO) the long-standing doctrine of the three-fold division of the law and it interacts with a wide swath of literature both for and against the doctrine. I recommend it highly and agree with Jeremy.

    Rich Barcellos

    Saturday 12 March 2011 at 01:57

  2. Thanks for this. I bought it recently and have made a start on it.

    Gary Brady

    Saturday 12 March 2011 at 08:43


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