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Book: The Old Testament Hebrew Scriptures in Five Minutes

Chapter: 52. What is a Covenant?

DOI: 10.1558/equinox.45038


Two terms, berit and ‘edut, are used in the Hebrew Bible to describe a formal agreement sealed by an oath. Both designate the terms and conditions of such an agreement, which, in the case of the agreement entered into at Mt Sinai/Horeb between Israel and its deity, were carried inside an ark or wooden chest. Both terms can designate a vassal treaty or a contract for royal service.

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