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date: 01 October 2020

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The early Quakers’ principle focus was the Kingdom of God as it was for Jesus, their inspiration. They gave the Kingdom many names including the ‘Covenant of Peace’. Like Jesus, it was something for which they were prepared to suffer, even die. This chapter is divided into three sections. The first offers a brief biblical exegesis of the Kingdom and delineates Jesus’ subversive politics of compassion in twelve points to which the Friends adhered. It then investigates the Quakers’ hermeneutic of the Covenant, focusing on the work of Francis Howgill, George Fox, and Isaac Penington. Finally, the Covenant’s unconditionality to time and space allows us to understand its urgent validity for all ages and places, something the chapterhighlights through some key testimonies of Friends of the modern era as they have embodied the politics of compassion.

Keywords: Kingdom of God, Covenant of Peace, Sermon on the Mount, politics, compassion, unconditionality, orthopraxis, testimonies

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