The People of the God of Gods: The Covenant Formula as a Theopolitical Statement

In Scripture God says several dozen times, “I will be your God, and You will be My people.” Much has been made of this ‘covenant formula’ by OT theologians, either in search of its supposed theopolitical Sitz im Leben (e.g., Smend, Lohfink, and Perlitt) or in search of its existential and relational rhetorical effect (e.g., Weinfeld, Good, Sohn, and Rendtorff).

This study will argue the covenant formula is the declaration of a nation-deity relationship with the God of gods, fulfilled in the ascended Messiah and His international people. First, I will examine the history of modern research on the covenant formula, arguing that it should be understood as the declaration of a nation-deity relationship with the God of gods. Second, I will overview the formula’s canonical uses in the Old and New Testaments and demonstrate that it connotes global mission and Christ’s ascension. Third, I will consider the potential contributions of this biblical-theological motif to current discourse on political theology, especially regarding the contemporary application of the OT theocracy and the church-state relationship.

6 thoughts on “The People of the God of Gods: The Covenant Formula as a Theopolitical Statement”

  1. Montgomery, The People of the God of Gods: The Covenant Formula
    If this can deliver even half of what it promises, it should be great two-testament BT with some added bonuses (political theology).

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  2. Looks like a good overall
    Looks like a good overall study on the implications of the covenant formula. Though, I assume much of this paper will be a defense of the nation-deity angle (likely drawing heavily on M. Heiser’s work).

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