Monday, July 20, 2015

Difficult to Overestimate David

It is difficult to overestimate the extent of the influence of the covenant with David (2 Sam 7:1-17) in biblical theology. Without question the New Testament authors understand the historical Jesus of Nazareth to be the son of David of whom this covenant speaks (e.g., Luke 1:32-33; Acts 2:30; Heb 1:5).

Such a messianic reading of the covenant is consistent with the presentation and reading of the covenant in the Hebrew Bible and in the early history of interpretation (e.g., 4QFlor).
—Michael Shepherd, The Text in the Middle, 122-23.

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