In light of @dottard interesting posted response( https://hermeneutics.stackexchange.com/a/49820/19810 ) ----------------------------Excerpt of @dottard interesting posted response---------------------
Contracts in the Bible are of three types:
- Those initiated by God, eg, with Noah and all mankind, Abrahamic covenant, Israelite covenant, Levitical covenant, etc. This type is usually called a "Covenant".
- Those contracted between equal parties, eg, the agreement between Israel and the Gibeonites. This is usually called a Treaty (between nations), or a simply an agreement, eg, between David and Jonathon.
- Those initiated by a human to demonstrate piety toward God. These are usually called a vow; eg, the Nazarite vow (eg, Samson and others), Paul's vow to shave his head in Acts 21:24, etc.
Genesis 28:20-22 (NASB) 20 Then Jacob made a vow, saying, “If God will be with me and will keep me on this journey that I [a]take, and will give me [b]food to eat and garments to wear, 21 and I return to my father’s house in [c]safety, then the Lord will be my God. 22 This stone, which I have set up as a pillar, will be God’s house, and of all that You give me I will surely give a tenth to You.”
I suppose I might be asking the obvious, but would Jacob's vow also fall into the 3rd contract category listed by @dottard ?