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Covenant as ContextEssays in Honour of E. W. Nicholson$
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A. D. H. Mayes and R. B. Salters

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780199250745

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199250745.001.0001

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Yahweh and His People in Lamentations

Yahweh and His People in Lamentations

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Covenant as Context

R. B. Salters

Oxford University Press

This chapter presents an essay on the absence of the term covenant in the Book of Lamentations. It suggests that this is not surprising because the term was never mentioned by pre-exilic prophets, and prior to Jeremiah only Hosea mentioned it, and only twice. Some biblical scholars have suggested that the notion of covenant played no role in the centuries between the early nomadic period and the advent of Deuteronomic theology and that it was the notion of Israel as Yahweh's people which was preserved and extended.

Keywords:   covenant, Book of Lamentations, Jeremiah, Hosea, Deuteronomy, theology, Israel, Yahweh's people

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