The New Covenant: A History

Wednesday, 31 Dec 2014

"Covenant" is the Bible's central way of describing the Lord's relationship to his people. In the Ancient Near East, a great king (suzerain) would rescue a smaller kingdom or city. On the basis of this deliverance, the lesser ruler would become the vassal (servant), part of the wider empire of the great king. As you can imagine, the vassal was in no position to negotiate the terms of the relationship. The treaty was simply imposed. Typically, it began with a preamble identifying the great king, followed by a historical prologue justifying his lordship, and then ...

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