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What is a "covenant of salt"?

A covenant of salt in the Bible The term covenant of salt is found three times in the Old Testament: First occurrence Leviticus 2:13 `And every offering of your grain offering you shall season ...
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Faulty "covenant" or "ministry" in Hebrews 8:7?

The Broader Context Answers "Covenant" Grammatically, the singular feminine ἡ πρώτη ἐκείνη ("that first") could match to either the singular feminine λειτουργία ("ministry) or ...
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Israelite covenant: everlasting or obsolete?

Olam The word translated as "forever" can be interpreted "long time, period, duration, farthest reaches of time, age". There does not exist a word in Hebrew that unambiguously ...
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What laws, exactly, will God put in Christians' hearts and write in their minds?

At the outset, I would like to flag up two biblical principles that form my starting point for answering this important question. (1) Romans 3:20 - “By the deeds of the law shall no flesh be justified ...
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What is meant by "obsolete" in Hebrews 8:13?

This question is extremely contentious because various people want to support a pre-existing theological position. Let us observe the following facts: 1. The NT quotes the OT laws (from the Torah) ...
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What is meant by "obsolete" in Hebrews 8:13?

The word, the word obsolete solely means; outdated, out of date. The word is referring to something that has grown old over time. It can mean that something better, newer or more perfected / modern is ...
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I've been assigned to do an exegesis on Gal. 3:15-20 this coming Sunday morning and I would appreciated any help with this passage

Rule Number 1 is to establish the context, and Rule Number 2 is to stick to the passage being expounded (as opposed to skipping all over the Bible with related texts.) The goal of your exposition is ...
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What is meant by "obsolete" in Hebrews 8:13?

Is Moses' Law obsolete? The answer is "yes" Jesus offered himself as a sacrifice and “abolished . . . the Law The apostle Paul explained that Jesus offered himself as a sacrifice and “...
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I've been assigned to do an exegesis on Gal. 3:15-20 this coming Sunday morning and I would appreciated any help with this passage

One of the main points being made by Paul here is that the Law is a covenant between God and Israel and was mediated by a man (Moses) whereas the promise to Abraham was made by God and mediated by God ...
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Is "until heaven and earth pass away" from Matthew 5:18 an idiomatic expression?

There is a similar expression which appears a few times in the gospels, as pointed out by Ellicott's Commentary. That expression is, "Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away." ...
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What is a "covenant of salt"?

I do believe there was a book written about this. The point isn't that the sacrifices were seasoned with salt but instead there was an exchange of salt. Or the way I see it is God provides the salt, ...
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Which covenant was confirmed "with the many"for one week? (Daniel 9:27)

Jesus confirmed his covenant, the New Covenant, for one week. In the middle of the week (3 ½ years into his ministry) he was “cut off” thus, putting an end to the sacrifices and offerings of the old ...
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What laws, exactly, will God put in Christians' hearts and write in their minds?

A bit before in Hebrews 8:10 (NASB) we read For this is the covenant which I will make with the house of Israel After those days, declares the Lord: I will put My laws into their minds, And write ...
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What laws, exactly, will God put in Christians' hearts and write in their minds?

This answer may not fit comfortably with those with a doctrinal philosophical foundation. Neither will it specify the precise ‘Laws’ that are ‘written’ on your heart, you wanted specifically listed - ...
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At what exact moment did the old covenant become obsolete? Hebrews 8

When Jesus died. -- From Matthew 27: 50 Jesus, when he had cried again with a loud voice, yielded up the ghost. 51 And, behold, the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom; ...
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At what exact moment did the old covenant become obsolete? Hebrews 8

Hebrews 8:13 is "By speaking of a new covenant, He has made the first one obsolete; and what is obsolete and aging will soon disappear." (Berean Study Bible) It is important to clarify ...
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What is meant by "obsolete" in Hebrews 8:13?

This is intended to complement Dottard's answer, not to disagree with it. As Jesus said, the Law will not change. God made a covenent with Israel, a physical one based strictly on literal obedience ...
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What is meant by "obsolete" in Hebrews 8:13?

Obsolete - from the Greek palaioō/palaios. The first covenant, the covenant the Israelites were ‘under’ before Jesus died had problems. Therefore a new one was implemented (after the ‘old’ one had ...
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Hebrews 9 - A 'New Covenant' for Whom?

There is only a single incident in which the word "covenant" is mentioned in the gospels, and that is the institution of a new covenant at last supper: Matt 26.28 (LEB) for this is my blood ...
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What does Paul mean by "ministers of a new covenant" in 2 Corinthians 3:6?

The meaning of this verse is one of the most significant issues today as it applies to various hermeneutical systems. In covenant theology there is no difficulty on their part in associating Paul ...
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How to reconcile God's promise to Abraham with the current Jewish population?

This is clear use of hyperbole. Jesus makes use of similar hyperbole in the sermon on the mount (Matthew 5:21-48) in which he instructs us to cut out our eyes if we even look lustfully at a woman or ...
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Is Psalm 56:12 describing a 2-way agreement(or vow) between God and the author of said Psalm?

The vows of the psalmist(s) are all voluntary. There is no 'negotiated' agreement between two parties. The person vowing makes a promise and then fulfills the promise. The other party is not ...
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What law and covenant is Revelation 15:5 talking about when it says "the tabernacle of the covenant law"? What about Revelation 11:19?

These verses are a direct reference to the Israelite covenant as referenced below. In Ex 19 Moses is instructed in the Covenant directly by God. Moses then conveys the content of the covenant to the ...
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What laws, exactly, will God put in Christians' hearts and write in their minds?

This is not an answer to the question as stated, but an interpretation of the NT verse: “I will put my laws in their hearts, and I will write them on their minds” (Heb 10:16).  These words do not ...
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What is meant by "obsolete" in Hebrews 8:13?

Quite possibly the most important but most neglected aspect of the Mosaic Law is that the vast majority of the human race is not under the Mosaic law, and never was. The Mosaic Law was a covenant ...
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At what exact moment did/will the Old Covenant disappear/vanish away? Hebrews 8:13

With the destruction of the Second Temple, which occurred in AD 70. Hebrews 8:13. "By speaking of a new covenant, He has made the first one obsolete; and what is obsolete and aging will soon ...
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Does calling the Sabbath a "sign" (אות‎) between God and Israel mean it was given to distinguish Israel from other nations?

The operative word, אוֹת (oth) used in Ex 31:13, Eze 20:12, 20, and correctly translated, "sign" is used of various things such as miracles, etc, see appendix below. However, in all the ...
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Does calling the Sabbath a "sign" (אות‎) between God and Israel mean it was given to distinguish Israel from other nations?

A sign is a pointer, to get us looking in the direction to which the sign points. The sign is not the reality - the thing to which it points is the real point. The Sabbath was a sign, indeed, as shown ...
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Which fathers is Moses referring to in Deuteronomy 5:3?

Deut 5:3 says this: He did not make this covenant with our fathers, but with all of us who are alive here today. Note that this text says several things about the covenant: it was NOT made with the ...
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