This book provides the reader a uniquely comprehensive and exegetical study of "eternal covenant."A perusal of Old Testament covenant studies shows that Berit Olam lacks significant scholarly attention. This is surprising since even a quick glance at the eighteen instances shows that though the phrase occurs relatively infrequently it resides within very important passages in the Old Testament, and is connected to some of the most prominent figures of the Old Testament story. Moreover, when Berit Olam is addressed in scholarship it is generally conceived as an unbreakable, unilateral promise. But is this an accurate assessment of Berit Olam? What is an eternal covenant? How does an eternal covenant work? What are the relationships between the respective eternal covenants? What ideas of the text are we referring to when talk about an eternal covenant?This book answers these sorts of questions involving eternal covenant in the Bible by beginning with an exegetical study of Berit Olam in the Pentateuch.Over the last 30 years this pioneering series has established an unrivalled reputation for cutting-edge international scholarship in Biblical Studies and has attracted leading authors and editors in the field.
The series takes many original and creative approaches to its subjects, including innovative work from historical and theological perspectives, social-scientific and literary theory, and more recent developments in cultural studies and reception history.
Steven D. Mason is currently Assistant Professor of Biblical Studies at LeTourneau University, Texas, USA.
Chapter One: Introduction to the Study of Berit Olam; 1.1 Eternal Covenant in the Bible; 1.2 Eternal Covenant in Old Testament Scholarship; 1.3 Overview of Thesis; Chapter Two: Berit Olam in Genesis 9; 2.1 Establishing the Textual Boundaries of Berit Olam; 2.2 Examining the Features of Berit Olam in Genesis 9; Chapter Three: Berit Olam in Genesis 17; 3.1 The Conditional Nature of the Berit Olam; 3.2 The Content of the Berit Olam; 3.3 Exegetical Conclusions of Berit Olam in Genesis 17; Excursus; Chapter Four: Berit Olam in Exodus 31; 4.1 Scholarship's Treatment of Berit Olam in Exodus 31; 4.2 Berit Olam within Exodus 31:12-18; 4.3 Exodus 31:1-11; 4.4 Connecting the Two Periscopes; 4.5 Exegetical Conclusions of Berit Olam in Exodus 31; Chapter Five: Berit Olam in Leviticus 24; 5.1 A Turning Point in Our Study; 5.2 Berit Olam within Leviticus 24:1-9; 5.3 The Broader Context of Leviticus 24:1-9; 5.4 Exegetical Conclusions of Berit Olam in Leviticus 24; Chapter Six: Berit Olam in Numbers 18 and 25; 6.1 Introduction to Berit Olam in Numbers; 6.2 Berit Olam in Numbers 18:19; 6.3 Exegetical Conclusions of Berit Olam in Numbers 18; 6.4 Berit Olam in Numbers 25:13; 6.5 Exegetical Conclusions of Berit Olam in Numbers 25; Chapter Seven: Conclusions to Pentateuchal Study of Berit Olam; 7.1 Reviewing the Context of our Study; 7.2 What is an Eternal Convenant?; 7.3 Are There Many Eternal Covenants of Just One? 7.4 What is the Relationship Between "Eternal Covenant" and "New Covenant"?; Bibliography.