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Covenant Renewal In The Dead Sea Scrolls Andjubilees And Its Biblical Origins

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The author indicates that "new covenant" and "covenant renewal" needed to be conceptually distinguished and that a separate study on the topic of "covenant renewal" was necessary. It is assumed that "new covenant" and "covenant renewal" are interchangeable terms in the Dead Sea Scrolls (DSS), and so one find them used interchangeably also in the secondary literature. This chapter looks at Jubilees, a book that has much in common with the DSS. In this book the notion of "covenant renewal" is found more frequently than in the DSS, and its meaning is easily discemable. In David's prayer in response to God's promise, David links God's promise with the covenant formula and even with the exodus. This merging of covenantal traditions is further evidence that in the post-biblical period "covenant" was understood in a unitary sense; this understanding was most likely inherited from the authors and redactors of the OT itself.

Keywords: covenant renewal; Dead Sea Scrolls (DSS); Jubilees; new covenant; post-biblical period



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