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This front matter section of the book titled Promises to Keep: The Oath in Biblical Narrative contains the table of contents, acknowledgements, and list of abbreviations. In the Bible, the oath is a formal assertion of truth or declaration of intent which cannot be breached without incurring severe consequences. The Bible provides legal sanctions for the violation of oaths in certain instances. Scholarly understanding of the nature of the biblical oath has been particularly influenced by studies of the nature of the oath in cognate Near Eastern cultures.

Keywords: biblical oath; near Eastern cultures



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