The Covenantal Psalter

In The Structure of Biblical Authority,  Meredith Kline wrote, “The covenant is the Psalter’s sphere of existence” (p. 62).  What does that mean? Is this a case where the theology shark is at work? (The theology shark is when one principle or theme of theology swallows everything else – to the detriment of the whole… Continue reading The Covenantal Psalter

Jon Levenson on the Historical Prologue of the Treaty

Jewish OT scholar Jon Levenson again shines as he discusses the suzerainty treaty/covenant in the ancient Near East/OT.  Here he is speaking specifically of the historical prologue.  This is worth reading a few times! "Israel began to infer and to affirm her identity by telling a story.  To be sure, the story has implications that can be… Continue reading Jon Levenson on the Historical Prologue of the Treaty

Jon Levenson on OT Covenants/Treaties

Harvard professor and distinguished Jewish scholar Jon D. Levenson wrote a fabulous book, Sinai & Zion: An Entry into the Jewish Bible, in which he talks about the Sinaitic and Davidic covenants, among other things.  One fascinating aspect is that he finds Mendenhall and Weinfeld's studies on suzerainty treaties and covenant of grants in the ancient Near East helpful; Levenson utilizes… Continue reading Jon Levenson on OT Covenants/Treaties

Sproul on the Curse and the Cross

In his excellent little book, The Truth of the Cross, R.C. Sproul discusses the Ancient Near Eastern  (Sumerians, Akkadians, etc.) treaties/covenants and how parts of them were pretty much universal back then.  He then shows now the blessings and curses of the Mosaic covenant point to Christ.  In the light of the curse specifically, Sproul… Continue reading Sproul on the Curse and the Cross