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Focusing on the doctrine of the Word of God as it emerged especially from the Protestant Reformation, this chapter explores the distinct accents and emphases of the Reformed and Presbyterian tradition. It begins with the definition of the Word of God as, first and foremost, Jesus Christ and the proclaimed and canonical speech that creates and provides norms for the church’s faith and practice. Sharing with the Lutheran tradition, a concern to distinguish the two types of God’s speech—law and gospel—Reformed and Presbyterian churches also attended closely to the distinct covenants in Scripture that reveal Christ and the covenant of grace. The chapter then traces the development of the doctrine of Scripture in the Reformation and post-Reformation era, especially as reflected in Reformed confessions, and Presbyterian debates over Scripture in the modern era to the present day.

Keywords: Word of God, law and gospel, revelation, Century Cyclopedia of Names, Scripture, canon, inspiration, authority, inerrancy

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