[b-hebrew] Dying, you will die Gen 2:17

Harold Holmyard hholmyard3 at earthlink.net
Fri Apr 13 07:42:50 EDT 2007

> Harold, if only the lexicon also provided not just language but 
> context: language, culture, geography and history. But, the passage 
> itself does that.
>     The New Covenant has never been a significant feature of Jewish
>     eschatology, other than the belief that eventually all Jews will
>     know and follow the Torah without the need to study (Jer
>     31:32-33). For example, the article Jewish Encyclopedia: New
>     Testament [1] states: "The idea of the new covenant is based
>     chiefly upon Jer. xxxi. 31-34 (comp. Heb. viii. 6-13, x. 16). That
>     the prophet's words do not imply an abrogation of the Law is
>     evidenced by his emphatic declaration of the immutability of the
>     covenant with Israel (Jer 31:35-36; comp. 33:25[2]); he obviously
>     looked for a renewal of the Law through a regeneration of the
>     hearts of the people.
> [1] http://jewishencycl <http://jewishencycl/> opedia.com/ view.jsp? 
> artid=245&letter=N&search=New%20Testam ent#717
> [2] http://www.mechon- <http://www.mechon-/> mamre.org/ p/pt/pt1133. 
> htm#25

HH: The permanence of God's relationship with Israel says nothing about 
the permanence of the Mosaic covenant. God's eternal moral law can be 
conveyed in ways other than the Mosaic law, and Jer 31:31-33 seems to 
promise that it will be.

Harold Holmyard

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