In the Ancient Near East covenants were contracts. They were commonly marked by:
Contracts between human partners form the basis for understanding God's relationship with his people: Abraham Gen 15:1ff.; Israel Ex 19-20; David Ps 89:4. Israel's unfaithfulness led prophets to look forward to a New Covenant, an idea of importance to the New Testament; whose Greek name kaine diatheke means New Covenant.
In Amos the word, berit (covenant) itself is used
speaking of a human treaty, a covenant of brothers or of kinship (1:9).
However Amos makes use of the exodus
and election traditions and lists
punishments (4:6-11) which many
authors notice are similar to the covenant
punishments found in Lev 26:16ff.
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