Published in 1645 by his friend Simeon Ash after Ball's death, this is a major work on the subject of God's covenant, and comes with recommendations from other leading Puritans such as Edmund Calamy. This book of Ball's is said to have been influential in the Westminster Assembly which occurred a few years after his death.
Topics studied include:
* what a covenant is
* the different ways in which God made covenant in the Old and New Testaments
* how Christ is the Mediator of the New Testament
* how Christ brings his people into covenant
* how Christians answer Christ's call.
John Ball (1585-1640) was educated at Brasenose College, Oxford, and became a minister in Whitmore, Staffordshire, but was deprived of his living, and imprisoned for periods. He wrote many books and was learned in the controversy with the Roman Church. His writings were popular in New England. Below is a picture of a typical page: -
This is a Lightning Source print-on-demand book, but we aim to keep printed copies in stock here for immediate despatch. "When I was at university..., a fellow-student had acquired a 1645-copy of Ball's book.... I read it avidly, and found it extremely helpful. Ever since then, I've been keeping half an eye open for the chance to get a copy for myself. So thank you for this very well-produced and readable reprint."
John Nicholls, Chief Executive, London City Mission. "Regarding the Covenant at Sinai, Ball departs from the usual Reformed view by arguing that the difference between the Old and New Covenants is not that of promise and fulfilment, but simply one of degree and intensity. The nature of the Sinai covenant is an issue that has been widely debated in Reformed circles, with a diversity of views resulting. Ball's position can now be assessed from the original source. The print in this facsimile is remarkably clear and a little practice will enable the reader to cope with seventeenth century typography."
Reformed Theological Journal, Nov 2006.
A transcription of the first 54 pages of this book in modern spelling (no words changed) is at http://website.lineone.net/~reynoldsp/cov000.htm
- this was done before the facsimile was first issued back in 2006.