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Kinship by Covenant: Reviewed by Pablo Gadenz


Scholars are increasingly interested in studying how the New Testament authors refer to the Old Testament not so much to find isolated prooftexts but as part of an overall rereading of Israel’s story in light of the Christ-event. Individual texts and large sections of the Old Testament thus provide the New Testament authors with a narrative framework in which to understand the unfolding of God’s plan of salvation. Since the framework remains implicit, however, scholars must reconstruct it from the biblical texts, making recourse also to other literature of the Second Temple period. The merit of a particular reconstruction can then be judged by its overall coherence and explanatory power with regard to the texts themselves.

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