New Covenant, New Community

New Covenant, New Community: The Significance of Biblical and Patristic Covenant Theology for Current Understanding. Carlisle, UK: Paternoster Publishing, 2006.


The covenant concept is so important if we want to understand the relation between God and his people. New Covenant, New Community looks at the covenant concept in the Old and New Testaments, as well as in the early church.


In which way can we speak of continuity and discontinuity between the Old and the New Testament? Can we truly speak of a "new" covenant that is distinct from the old? Can we speak of two covenants: one for the Jews and another for Christians? What are the implications of a biblical understanding of covenant for the community of faith -- in biblical times and today? These are just a few of the many questions Petrus Gräbe addresses in this far-reaching, well researched and highly accessible study.



"Petrus Gräbe addresses the new covenant theme from a wide perspective, interpreting the New Testament texts within the context of the Old Testament, early Jewish literature and up to the second century -- including the Syrian tradition. In this way connecting lines become clear, which are often not recognized."

-- Ferdinand Hahn, Evangelical School of Theology, University of Munich


"The appearance of this learned, wide-ranging and thoroughly researched study can only be welcomed. It will assuredly be frequently consulted by any who wrestle with this theme and its implications."
Alexander Wedderburn, University of Munich

"A very welcome contribution to the project of a biblical theology." 
Hans-Josef Klauck, University of Chicago 

"An important book on an international and ecumenical horizon." 
Thomas Söding, University of Wuppertal

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