God's Steadfast Love Toward David (2 Sam 7:1-17): The Establishment and Re-Interpretation of the Davidic Covenant in Light of the Collapse of the Davidic Monarchy

Kevin Mellish, Olivet Nazarene University

Abstract

This presentation will briefly examine the basic components of the Davidic Covenant (2 Sam 7:1-17) and the unconditional nature of God’s hesed ( = covenant loyalty/faithfulness) promised to David and his family. Attention will then be devoted to demonstrating how the unconditional elements of the Davidic covenant are evident in the reigns of disobedient kings such as Solomon, Abijam, and Jehoram. The final portion of the presentation will center on how succeeding communities had to re-imagine and re-interpret the Davidic covenant in light of the collapse of the Davidic monarchy after 586 BCE. This section of the presentation will not only focus on the response of the redactors of the biblical text, but it will also consider how interpreters from the intertestamental period and early Christianity, such as the writer of the Gospel of Matthew, re-signified God’s promise to David.

 
Apr 15th, 1:30 PM Apr 15th, 2:00 PM

God's Steadfast Love Toward David (2 Sam 7:1-17): The Establishment and Re-Interpretation of the Davidic Covenant in Light of the Collapse of the Davidic Monarchy

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This presentation will briefly examine the basic components of the Davidic Covenant (2 Sam 7:1-17) and the unconditional nature of God’s hesed ( = covenant loyalty/faithfulness) promised to David and his family. Attention will then be devoted to demonstrating how the unconditional elements of the Davidic covenant are evident in the reigns of disobedient kings such as Solomon, Abijam, and Jehoram. The final portion of the presentation will center on how succeeding communities had to re-imagine and re-interpret the Davidic covenant in light of the collapse of the Davidic monarchy after 586 BCE. This section of the presentation will not only focus on the response of the redactors of the biblical text, but it will also consider how interpreters from the intertestamental period and early Christianity, such as the writer of the Gospel of Matthew, re-signified God’s promise to David.