Kinship by Covenant: A Canonical Approach to the Fulfillment of God's Saving Promises

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Overview

While the canonical scriptures were produced over many centuries and represent a diverse library of texts, they are unified by stories of divine covenants and their implications for God’s people. In this deeply researched and thoughtful book, Scott Hahn shows how covenant, as an overarching theme, makes possible a coherent reading of the diverse traditions found within the canonical scriptures.

Biblical covenants, though varied in form and content, all serve the purpose of extending sacred bonds of kinship, Hahn explains. Specifically, divine covenants form and shape a father-son bond between God and the chosen people. Biblical narratives turn on that fact, and biblical theology depends upon it. With meticulous attention to detail, the author demonstrates how divine sonship represents a covenant relationship with God that has been consistent throughout salvation history. A canonical reading of this divine plan reveals an illuminating pattern of promise and fulfillment in both the Old and New Testaments. God’s saving mercies are based upon his sworn commitments, which he keeps even when his people break the covenant.

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Editorial Reviews

Westminster Theological Journal

"Kinship by Covenant is thoroughly researched and lucidly argued. Those with a serious interest in a biblical theology of covenants will not want to miss Hahn''s contribution."--Brandon D. Crowe, Westminster Theological Journal

— Brandon D. Crowe

Journal of Religion

"Learned and well-written."—Jon D. Levenson, Journal of Religion

— Jon D. Levenson

David Noel Freedman

"Both well-written and exhaustive, this impressive work will fascinate readers with New Testament truths about God's unyielding covenant with his chosen, fallible people."—David Noel Freedman

Scot McKnight

"Scott Hahn opens new vistas, chases down old haunts, and leads us to a fuller, deeper, and more penetrating understanding of covenant. Until we get 'covenant' right, we simply don't understand the Bible. When I think of the word 'covenant,' I think of Kinship by Covenant. When I have any questions about 'covenant,' this is the first book I will turn to for ever and a day."—Scot McKnight, North Park University

Gregory Glazov

“At last Scott Hahn’s Kinship by Covenant is published! Maintaining a masterful command of the data on biblical and ancient near eastern covenants, the work exposes how, for over a century, biblical scholarship lost sight of the covenant as a kinship-forging ritual. Richly documented, theologically profound, the book will prove an invaluable resource in Old and New Testament study.”— Gregory Yuri Glazov, Seton Hall University, Immaculate Conception Seminary
Westminster Theological Journal - Brandon D. Crowe

"Kinship by Covenant is thoroughly researched and lucidly argued. Those with a serious interest in a biblical theology of covenants will not want to miss Hahn's contribution."—Brandon D. Crowe, Westminster Theological Journal
Journal of Religion - Jon D. Levenson

"Learned and well-written."—Jon D. Levenson, Journal of Religion
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780300140972
  • Publisher: Yale University Press
  • Publication date: 6/16/2009
  • Series: The Anchor Yale Bible Reference Library Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 608
  • Sales rank: 636,157
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Scott Hahn is Pope Benedict XVI Chair of Biblical Theology, St. Vincent Seminary, and professor of scripture and theology, Franciscan University of Steubenville. He is also founder and president of the St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology. Among his many best-selling books is The Lamb’s Supper: The Mass as Heaven on Earth. He lives in Steubenville, OH.

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