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JAMES SWETNAM, Why was Jeremiah's new covenant new?

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One approach to the problem of newness is to say that Jeremiah was speaking about the new covenant brought by Jesus Christ, that is, the oracle was not verified until the coming of Christ more than five hundred years after the oracle was first uttered. A more common approach toward specifying the newness of Jeremiah's new covenant is to say that it is new in the sense that the manner in which the covenant contents are communicated is new. This chapter explores the newness of the new covenant along the lines of newness of manner in presentation and not of newness in content. The text itself indicates the manner in which the new covenant will operate: it puts emphasis on interiority.

Keywords: Jeremiah; Jesus Christ; new covenant; prophecy



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