The Davidic Covenant

Michael Grisanti | August 25, 2009

The centrally important Davidic Covenant was one of the “grant” covenants, along with the Abrahamic Covenant, in contrast to the Mosaic Covenant that was a “suzerain-vassal” treaty. Second Samuel 7:8-16 articulates the Davidic Covenant in two parts: promises that find realization during David’s life and promises that find realization after David’s death. Though “grant” covenants such as the Davidic are often considered unconditional, conditionality and unconditionality are not mutually exclusive. God’s covenant with David had both elements. Psalms 72 and 89 are examples of ten psalms that presuppose God’s covenant with David. Various themes that pervade the Abrahamic, Mosaic, Davidic, and New covenants show the continuity that connects the four.

Vol. 10, no. 2 (Fall 1999)

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Grisanti, Michael. "The Davidic Covenant." The Master's Seminary Journal 10, no. 2 (Fall 1999): 233-50.