Thursday, December 04, 2008

Divine-human covenant

“Divine-human covenants are unattested in human religious history except in Israel. McCarthy's reconstruction [in Treaty and Covenant] not only legitimates the traditional understanding of the centrality of the Israelite covenantal idea but illuminates significant corollaries, such as salvation history being essentially a narrative explaining that history is the arena of God's recurrent attempts to restore humankind—that is, Adam, created in His image and likeness as His son—to family unity. The reason for the divine institution of successive covenants is the failure of preceding ones to realize God's purposes.”—Theosis, page 23

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