by Kelvin Crombie,
When Christians take communion they often recite the words “This is the blood of the new covenant”. But what exactly does the term “covenant” mean for followers of Jesus?
There are many covenants recorded in the Bible, and most of these are with the nation of Israel.
Jeremiah prophesied that God would make a new covenant with Israel, and Jesus later instituted this.
This book provides insights into the meaning of “oath” and “covenant” from Israel’s history, particularly the covenant between Joshua and the Gibeonites. These help us to understand how covenant was understood in ancient Israel, and later by Jesus and His followers, and what this means for us today.