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Running Head: HISTORY OF INTERPRETATION 1History of InterpretationCandice MorstSaint Leo University
Running Head: HISTORY OF INTERPRETATION 2The covenant between God and man is one which has healed the wounded soul of many theologians and has caused a rift between others. God extending his magnificent arms to the ailments and suffering of mere man was a thought that was hard for the layman or any man to fathom. Yet many theologians differ in their ideas as to what this covenant really means. Can God and man be on the same plain? Is God no longer the all-knowing deity that sits high and looks low on the dirty flesh? What does this covenant truly mean? Genesis 17:2 states that God would make a covenant between He and Abraham and it was to be between just the two of them citing, “2 And I will make my covenant between me and thee, and will multiply thee exceedingly.” (King James Version [KJV], Gene 17:2). Just the two of them or amongst all man? Aren’t we all creations of the one God? So why would he simply make a promise to one man and not to us? Well depends on who you ask. Does this mean that we should just rely on our faith and wait for the punchline? Still depends onwhom you reference. How was Abraham sanctified while others were simply left to their daily lives?Abraham was not a man without sin because this was set aside for the Son of God and theONLY begotten Son of God. So why was Abraham considered to be so special that God would commit to a covenant with him? Perhaps there was “katallage” or the restoration of favor in God’s sight by Abraham towards God? [ CITATION Tho17 \l 1033 ]Augustine of HippoDifferent theologians have throughout the years given their ideas on each verse and this was also true with Augustine of Hippo. Augustine felt that you could not get away from sin except you get it through Christ. However, if this were true then Abraham was being lied to by
Running Head: HISTORY OF INTERPRETATION 3God. God did not mention that Abraham had been forgiven of any sins before the covenant was made. Matter of fact Jesus was never mentioned in the Genesis 17 yet someone had the favor of God well before the resurrection. Augustine believed that God made promises to only a few people and that it was at his own discretions and who was to argue? Augustine interpreted the writing to be that God saved those whom he felt like saving and it did not matter the class of the person.

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