COVENANT. INFORMATION. What do the majority of people think about when they hear the word Bible? For some, it may be a historical book, and so it is. It details the origin of all things, including; the human race; and zeroes in on the ...
Author: Naomi Alldridge
Publisher: WestBow Press
Each generation produces changes in its native language. Words loose original meanings and take on new meanings. New idioms are formed, and old ones sometimes lose their original meanings. Because of this it becomes difficult to read text written in previous centuries. Although most people know of Adam’s original sin, many do not understand why it could affect them. They do not understand how and why ancient covenants were made, nor do they understand how a covenant made centuries ago could or should have any effect on their lives. This book attempts to explain ancient covenants in the language style understood by today’s generation. It shows how and why they were created. It shows how Biblical covenants were built like building blocks on each other, and why they can and do affect the human race today.
Volume 1, Biblical Foundations and Jewish Expressions: Covenant Tradition in Politics Daniel Elazar. fulfillment or failure of the covenantal plan informing political and military events and institutions with theological significance, ...
Author: Daniel Elazar
In this first volume of a trilogy, Daniel J. Elazar addresses political uses of the idea of covenant, the tradition that has adhered to that idea, and the political arrangements that flow from it, Among the topics covered are covenant as a political concept, the Bible as a political commentary, the post-biblical tradition, medieval covenant theory, and Jewish political culture.
Calvin realized his commitment to covenant by calling Genevans to take a civic oath, modeled on the biblical covenants between God and the Jews, giving ordinary men and women vocational roles to play in building a godly commonwealth.
Author: Mary Jo Kietzman
The theo-political idea of covenant—a sacred binding agreement—formalizes relationships and inaugurates politics in the Hebrew Bible, and it was the most significant revolutionary idea to come out of the Protestant Reformation. Central to sixteenth-century theology, covenant became the cornerstone of the seventeenth-century English Commonweath, evidenced by Parliament’s passage of the Protestation Oath in 1641 which was the “first national covenant against popery and arbitrary government,” followed by the Solemn League and Covenant in 1643. Although there are plenty of books on Shakespeare and religion and Shakespeare and the Bible, no recent critics have recognized how Shakespeare’s plays popularized and spread the covenant idea, making it available for the modern project. By seeding the plays with allusions to biblical covenant stories, Shakespeare not only lends ethical weight to secular lives but develops covenant as the core idea in a civil religion or a founding myth of the early-modern political community, writ small (family and friendship) and large (business and state). Playhouse relationships, especially those between actors and audiences, were also understood through the covenant model, which lent ethical shading to the convention of direct address. Revealing covenant as the biblical beating heart of Shakespeare’s drama, this book helps to explain how the plays provide a smooth transition into secular society based on the idea of social contract.
Covenant of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph, and Ephraim The Bible itself has numerous themes, but the three most prevalent are the Abrahamic Covenant, which is God's Covenant with Israel, the Covenant of the Messiah, and the Levitical ...
Author: Michael Stansfield
PART 1, delves deep into the Abrahamic Covenant and uses it, rather than the Messianic Covenant, to interpret the Old Testament. This singular change reveals an intriguing perspective with the hope of generating peace and love between Christianity, Judaism, and Islam. The viewpoint is a direct challenge the mainstream beliefs of Christianity, Islam, and Judaism. With the discussion of Islam, the author's perspective of the Quran is used as an intrical part of the prophecy, rather than as an opposing viewpoint. The discussion is candid and in-depth. Specifically, related to the Jewish Palestinian Conflict as well as the War on Terror. PART 2, looks at the Bible through the eyes of the Levitical Covenant. Striking differences are revealed between God's covenant to Moses and His covenant with Aaron. At the same time, unexpected unions are discovered between the Levitical Covenant and the covenants of Cain, Canaan's, Esau's, and others. Biblical references are abundant for each conclusion.
Covenant Bible Study, Rev. Shane Stanford, Christine A. Chakoian, Prof. David L. Bartlett, Dr. Michael Joseph Brown, Dr William P. Brown, Dr Diane Chen, Prof. Linda M. Day, David A. deSilva, Dr Amy Erickson, Prof. Judy Fentress-Williams ...
Publisher: Abingdon Press
This Covenant experience will guide participants in a comprehensive, in-depth study of the Bible over twenty-four weeks. Unlike the learning participants may have experienced in other groups, this in-depth study of the whole Bible emphasizes the biblical concept of covenant as a unifying pattern through all the books in the Old and New Testaments. It underscores the unique relationship that God chooses to have with us as God’s people. This relationship is grounded in the faithfulness of God’s love and on our ongoing commitment to stay in love with God while we share signs of that love with others. Each episode connects to an aspect of this covenant relationship, which is summarized in the heading of each participant guide. GOD ESTABLISHES THE COVENANT to be in relationship with us. So the first eight weeks, Creating the Covenant, examines how the covenant community is created and established—highlighting several examples throughout scripture. It discusses the story of our origins in Genesis, the Exodus narrative, the teachings of Moses, the Gospels of Matthew and Mark, as well as other books from each Testament that focus on the foundation of Christian faith. In doing so, it lays out the framework for a life lived in concert with God and others. Each participant in the group needs the Participant Guides and a Bible. The CEB Study Bible is preferred. The Creating Participant Guide is eight weeks long, and has a lay flat binding making it easy to take notes in the generous space provided on each page. The Creating Participant Guide contains the following episodes: Episode 1: Creating the Covenant Relationships with people in our lives are key to faithful living. Covenant is about the family God creates and the power of love that overcomes evil. We are broken and miss the mark. Substitutes for faithful love destroy our relationships. Yet God’s response to broken relationships is to restore us to wholeness. Through the shared practice of reading and interpreting the Bible scripture in holy conversation, we sharpen our understandings until they become more accurate and relevant. And we learn about God’s gracious love and how to share it with others. Episode 2: Torah—Genesis Genesis answers the question: Who are we in the scheme of things? Covenant relationships are a metaphor for life together before God. This life is characterized by both gift and responsibility. Broken relationships in these stories are countered by forgiveness and generosity. Episode 3: Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers Passover is a bittersweet celebration of Israel’s liberation. The covenant at Sinai creates a people with instructions for living in harmony. These instructions are ever in need of reinterpretation in new situations, much like amendments to a constitution. God is holy and calls the people to be distinct and set apart in their faithfulness. Episode 4: Gospels—Matthew and Mark The Gospels are similar to Greco-Roman biographies but with a saving twist. They paint a portrait of Jesus’ significance for first-century readers living under Roman rule before and after the destruction of the temple in 70 CE. By arranging the events of his life, death, and resurrection in distinct order, these writers depict Jesus as both the suffering “human one” (Mark) and a new teacher like Moses (Matthew). Jesus comes to bring and embody a new covenant reign (kingdom) of God’s saving love in the world. Episode 5: Romans and Galatians The letters of Paul substituted for his presence and represent his attempt to deal with controversies and provide guidance to churches from a pastor’s perspective. For Paul, God’s grace expressed in Jesus’ faithfulness on the cross is a saving gift with no substitutes. The Spirit’s presence, too, is a gift that marks the community of faith and produces fruit for faithful life together, making us more gracious to ourselves and others. Episode 6: Hebrews The book of Hebrews is a masterful sermon written by an unknown author to a struggling community.The writer encourages them to live lives of gratitude for God’s saving work in Jesus. Hebrews embraces the imagery of sacrifice in the Old Testament to describe Jesus’ pioneering cosmic work of redemption. Replacing fear with trust, Jesus—our faithful forerunner—made it possible for us to approach the holy with confident expectation of God’s favor. Episode 7: 1 and 2 Corinthians Paul’s letters to the church at Corinth address very concrete issues in a culture that honors the freedom of superiors to do as they please. Paul counters this with the mind of Christ, patterned by the logic of self-giving love. This “logic of the cross” balances freedom with Christ-shaped responsibility to live in ways that benefit both self and community. Episode 8: Deuteronomy, Joshua, Judges, 1 Samuel These books retell the story of Israel and its responsibilities as a rescued, covenant people. As they transition to a new life in the promised land, the first commandment (no other gods) is restated positively: love God with all your heart and strength. Life in the land after Moses and Joshua is characterized by a cycle of faithlessness, crisis, cries for help, and temporary rescue. The last tribal chieftain/first prophet Samuel will anoint kings for an unruly people when the real king missing in Israel is God. More Questions? Visit http://covenantbiblestudy.com/ for more information.
“Treaty” or “contract” comes near to expressing what a biblical covenant is, but not always. There are some biblical covenants that the term “promise” best describes, but promises do not mean too much for many people today.
Author: W. Eugene March
Publisher: Westminster John Knox Press
This first volume in an exciting new series for laity provides an accessible study of some of the Bible's most important themes. Respected author W. Eugene March traces the understanding of key themes through the Old and New Testaments, such as God, covenant, and sin, and demonstrates their importance for Christian life today. Discussion questions are included in each chapter to enhance the usefulness of this book for church study groups.
None of these are formally dated covenant/ contract documents, but they are historyinitiating words nonetheless. Covenant words are more official, and thus are more precisely dated. We find in the Bible that God creates history by ...
Author: Michael Bull
Publisher: WestBow Press
Do you ever wish someone could explain the Old and New Covenants in five easy steps? Behind every one of God’s covenants with man is a five-fold legal treaty. God introduces Himself and defines the relationship, the methods, the possible outcomes, and the future. But God’s covenants aren’t just legal treaties; they’re personal. Covenant is God’s method of maturing man. Every covenant is a grand quest for the bittersweet wine of God’s kingdom, but that cup is only for faithful servants, men who are willing to be broken first, like bread. This simple five-fold pattern finds its origin deep in the heart of the Trinity. It not only shapes the speeches of God, but it’s also the structure behind every story in the Bible. The Covenant Key unlocks every door.
... gentry and wellum's work Kingdom through Covenant: A Biblical-Theological Understanding of the Covenants, ... book.149 The authors attempt an alternative to covenant theology and dispensationalism termed “progressive covenantalism.
Author: Steven L. James
Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers
What will the final state of the redeemed look like? Throughout the history of the church, conceptions of the final state have tended to minimize the promise of the new heavens and new earth. In contrast to the historical dominance of spiritual, heavenly, non-temporal conceptions of the final state, the last two decades have witnessed a rise in conceptions that include the redemption of material, earthly, and temporal reality. These “new creation” conceptions have included proposals regarding the fulfillment of Old Testament land promises. In New Creation Eschatology and the Land, Steven L. James argues that in recent new creation conceptions of the final state there is a logical inconsistency between the use of Old Testament texts to inform a renewed earth and the exclusion of the territory of Israel from that renewed earth. By examining a select group of new creationists, James shows that the exclusion of the territorial restoration of Israel in a new creation conception fails to appreciate the role of the particular territory in Old Testament prophetic texts and results in an inconsistent new creationism.