Paul Williamson on the New Covenant

Paul Williamson explains his take on the new covenant in his book, Sealed with an Oath. Williamson first begins by pointing out that the concept of the new covenant appears in several places in the Old Testament, even though the actual phrase is only used in Jeremiah 31:31 (146). But since Jeremiah 31 is the…

Peter Gentry on the New Covenant

Peter Gentry exposits the new covenant as found in Jeremiah in his book, Kingdom through Covenant. After placing the classic new covenant text of Jeremiah 31:31-34 in its literary structure, Gentry proceeds to walk through the various elements of the covenant. Gentry contends that the phrase "days are coming" refers to a time in the…

William Dumbrell on the New Covenant

William Dumbrell has an extended discussion on the new covenant in his OT survey, The Faith of Israel. Dumbrell points out that while Jeremiah 31:31-40 doesn't explicit speak in global terms, the emphases of the text affirms "an international context" (144). The new covenant brings with it a new creation and a New Jerusalem, the…

Tom Schreiner on the New Covenant

Tom Schreiner unpacks the new covenant in the final chapter of his book, Covenant and God's Purpose for the World. Schreiner begins making the point that the new covenant can be described various ways in the Old Testament without actually using the exact phrase, "new covenant" (89). Sometimes other descriptions for the new covenant are…

Stephen Dempster on the Davidic Covenant

Stephen Dempster takes a literary approach to the Hebrew Bible in his book, Dominion and Dynasty. By retelling the storyline of the Hebrew Bible with a focus on location (dominion) and kingship (dynasty), Dempster is well-suited to discuss the Davidic covenant which brings both of these themes together. Reflecting on the importance of 2 Samuel…

Robert Saucy on the Davidic Covenant

Robert Saucy attempts to provide a mediating position on the Davidic covenant between traditional and revised dispensationalism on the one hand and non-dispensationalism on the other in his chapter on the Davidic covenant in his book The Case for Progressive Dispensationalism. Saucy first examines the Davidic covenant in its Old Testament context and summarizes the…

Walter Kaiser on 2 Samuel 7:19

Walter Kaiser, in his article "The Blessing of David: The Character of Humanity," seeks to explicate the meaning of the phrase, "this is the torah of man" in 2 Samuel 7:19. Kaiser examines the context of the passage to highlight the unconditional nature of the Davidic promise (305-07). While individuals in David's line can break…

Paul Williamson on the Davidic Covenant

After the Mosaic covenant, the next major covenant in the Scriptures is the Davidic covenant. While the word "covenant" does not appear in the classic passage of the Davidic covenant (2 Samuel 7:1-14), the concepts of covenant-making are clearly there. It may be that classic features of covenant-making ceremonies, such as a sacrfices, do not…

Peter Gentry on the Davidic Covenant

After the Mosaic covenant, the Davidic covenant is the next major covenant in the Bible's storyline. The Davidic covenant, begins God intended model of kingship for the people of Israel (443). The Davidic covenant then carries forward the purpose of the Mosaic covenant. Just as the Mosaic covenant was to be the means of fulfillment…