In the 1st Century CE, circumcision was understood as a sign of being Jewish. But what was the original intent in giving this sign to Abraham? This paper looks at the biblical text, seeking answers to that question.
This article shows the manner in which Deuteronomy is structured after the common Suzerain-Vassal treaties of the Ancient Near East. Showing the historical background of the covenant blessings and curses can help us understand Paul’s point in Galatians 3:10–14. This article gives insight into how Yeshua “redeemed us from the curse of the Torah.”
In this study of Hebrews 9:15-17, Tim Hegg explores the word for “Covenant.” Hegg critiques the idea that the author of Hebrews substituted “last will and testament” for “covenant.” In conclusion, Hegg suggests that the author of Hebrews was well aware of the teaching of covenant in the Tanach and that his use of it in Hebrew 9 is based upon this understanding.
Understanding the form of the literature in which the sacred text is written is vitally important to interpreting it correctly. This paper shows the close affinities between the Royal Grant Treaties of the Ancient Near East and the covenant God made with Abraham. In conclusion, this then allows a clearer understanding of the Abrahamic covenant and its import for us.