Pleasse answer to the following in about 700-800 words (Use only the Bible to answer):
Describe these covenants, showing how they portray a particular understanding of God and God's people, of their relationship to each other, and why these are important.
When you answer, please construct your main argument clearly.Please support your argument clearly with your supporting evidence from the Bible with documentation (because I want to look it up later.). Please organize your respond logically.
Please use the Bible "The New Oxford Annotated Bible". Ed. Michael Coogan, et al. New York: Oxford, 2007. This is what I have studied for my class. If you do not have this book, then please use another Bible, but I prefer the Bible that I've studied with.
One approach to help you with a paper like this one is to look at the God's Covenants and what each Covenant implies about the relationship with his chosen people. This is approach this response takes. The purpose of this paper would be to describe these covenants, arguing a position of how the covenants portray a particular understanding of God and God's people. Your thesis might be that the covenant relationship was a unique covenant between God and his people, showing God's love and power to lead his people, which is seen in the making of the covenants, moving towards salvation - the birth of the Messiah, the Savior of humankind, Jesus. Unfortunately, I do not have access to your Bible version. However, all versions of the Holy Bible have the information located in the same place, so not to worry! The only thing that differs slightly is the wording, which you can change in the quotes for your final copy.
Like other academic papers, the paper will include the following, which can act as a tentative outline for your paper:
I. Introduction (e.g. about ¼ - ½ page, introduce topic, and include a purpose statement or thesis statement),
II. Body (e.g. the covenants and what each one implies about the relationship of God and his people)
a. Covenant with Noah
b. Abrahamic Covenant
c. Covenant with Israel
d. Davidic Covenant
e. Covenant in Psalms
III. Conclusion (e.g. sum up main points).
Now let's take a closer look at some information that you can consider for each section.
Throughout the Bible (Torah and Prophets especially), God is portrayed as making "covenants" with human beings. YHWH is at work, reconciling creation to himself. His covenants are part of this reconciliation process. God is working to effect reconciliation between himself and his renegade creation that began with Adam and Eve's disobedience (Rom. 8:21; Col. 1:20). The Tanakh narrative is structured around God's strategy in human history, it is a type of progressive revelation as each theme and covenant builds on the other: the Abrahamic to the Mosaic to Davidic to Psalmic covenants. As human history progresses, so does the history and content of the covenants progress and change. (thesis statement will be here).
God's relationship with his chosen people as uniue is revealed through the covenants made between Him and his people. In the Covenant with Noah, for example, God assured Noah that the judgment would not again come to humankind in the form of a flood; and that the recurrence of the seasons and day and night should not cease. For example, in Genesis 9: God is making a Covenant with Noah and his family (Gentiles), just as God had made a covenant with the children of Israel. In his covenant with the family of the Gentiles, he makes these statements,
"1And God blessed Noah and his sons, and said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth. 2And the fear of you and the dread of you shall be upon every beast of the earth, and upon every fowl of the air, upon all that moveth upon the earth, and upon all the fishes of the sea; into your hand are they delivered. 3Every moving thing that liveth shall be meat for you; even as the ...
Throughout the Old Testament (Torah and Prophets especially), God (YHWH) is portrayed as making "covenants" with human beings. This solution describes these covenants, showing how they portray a particular understanding of God and God's people, of their relationship to each other, and why these are important. Supported with the use of Bible Scriptures.