BAR 25:04, Jul/Aug 1999
God as Divine Kinsman
What covenant meant in ancient Israel
The covenant between God and the people of Israel must be understood on the basis of political and judicial categories, declares the highly regarded HarperCollins Bible Dictionary.1 Well, yes and no. In a groundbreaking new essay, Frank Moore Cross, one of the leading Biblical exegetes of our time and Hancock Professor Emeritus at Harvard, places the concept of covenant in a far broader settingthat of kinship relationsand teases out some important new implications.