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date: 03 June 2020

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As a term in the Hebrew Bible, covenant was discussed in early Christian writings initially in the context of polemics with Jews. It served a useful purpose in arguments against heretics who rejected or disparaged the Old Testament as illustrating an unfolding purpose of God. The word continued in comments on biblical passages. The varied applications of the distinction of the covenants reflect the importance of the idea in the interpretation of Scripture.

Keywords: Christ, covenant, inheritance, Israel, Law, Moses, people, promise, relationship, testament

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