This book examines the Old Testament language about Israel's relationship with God in the light of Assyrian royal propaganda.
Unpacking this language's meaning in both Assyrian and biblical contexts, it shows Israel borrowed language from Assyrian
vassal treaties to describe its covenant with God, and this book reveals what "covenant" meant, and that it is not "covenant"
at all, but "grace." The broader theological implications of this discovery are explored in dialogue with contemporary theologians.
The book takes seriously the study of text in its ancient context in order to highlight the theological content and its modern