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Treaty of the Great King: The Covenant Structure of Deuteronomy (Studies and Commentary)

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Explore foundational studies in Meredith Kline’s career as a covenant theologian. Treaty of the Great King compiles detailed analysis and strong evidence in support of interpreting Deuteronomy as a legal document between Israel and YHWH that was patterned after ancient Near Eastern treaties, with Moses as its primary compiler. Kline traces the relevance of the recovery of the treaty form for our understanding of the nature of the Decalogue and Deuteronomy, with particular reference to Old Testament higher criticism.

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  • Interprets Deuteronomy as a legal document between Israel and YHWH
  • Traces the relevance of the recovery of the treaty form
  • Explores the nature of the Decalogue and Deuteronomy

Top Highlights

“The position to be advocated here is that Deuteronomy is a covenant renewal document which in its total structure exhibits the classic legal form of the suzerainty treaties of the Mosaic age.” (Page 28)

“the fundamental demand is always for thorough commitment to the suzerain to the exclusion of all alien alliances.” (Pages 14–15)

“Israel’s continued enjoyment of a habitation in God’s land, like Adam’s continued enjoyment of the original paradise, depended on continued fidelity to the Lord.” (Page 65)

“It will be useful to have a simple outline of the matter before us:7 1. Preamble (1:1–5). 2. Historical Prologue (1:6–4:49). 3. Stipulations (5–26). 4. Curses and Blessings or Covenant Ratification (27–30). 5. Succession Arrangements or Covenant Continuity, in which are included the invocation of witnesses and directions for the disposition and public reading of the treaty (31–34).” (Page 28)

“This much more abounding of grace is evidenced even in connection with the function of the stone tables as witnesses against Israel; for since the divine throne under which the tables were located was the place of atonement, the witness of the tables against Israel never ascended to Yahweh apart from the witness of the blood advocating mercy.” (Page 22)

  • Title: Treaty of the Great King: The Covenant Structure of Deuteronomy: Studies and Commentary
  • Author: Meredith G. Kline
  • Publisher: Wipf and Stock
  • Print Publication Date: 2012
  • Logos Release Date: 2014
  • Pages: 150
  • Era: era:contemporary
  • Language: English
  • Resources: 1
  • Format: Digital › Logos Research Edition
  • Subjects: Bible. O.T. Deuteronomy › Commentaries; Bible. O.T. Deuteronomy › Criticism, interpretation, etc; Covenant theology
  • ISBNs: 9781610976985, 1610976983
  • Resource Type: Bible Commentary
  • Metadata Last Updated: 2022-09-30T03:31:27Z

Meredith G. Kline (1922–2008) was professor emeritus of Old Testament at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and Westminster Seminary California. He also taught at Claremont School of Theology and Reformed Theological Seminary. He received his BD and ThM from Westminster Theological Seminary (Philadelphia) and his PhD in Assyriology and Egyptology from Dropsie College. Professor Kline maintained an active writing and teaching ministry, and was also an ordained minister in the Orthodox Presbyterian Church.


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  1. Stephen Migotsky
    It hard to understand covenant and covenants in the bible and Ancient Near East without this book. Kingdom Prologue is also great.
  2. Andrew Keuer

    Andrew Keuer


    Good to know about this resource. I discovered that most of Kline's material is posted on his website for free.


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