1.3.2 The implications of Paul’s sources
The contexts of the New Covenant promises in Jeremiah and Ezekiel speak of an exodus event in which “…Israel is to be gathered out of the nations, freed from her captivity (cf [Jer] 30:3; 31:8-11). Delivered from her sins and from idolatry, and recognising the claim of Jahweh’s dominion…”p.36 she will be gathered into a holy community. In both prophets highlight these characteristics which show the continuity between the People of the two covenants.
However, “The point of discontinuity is implicit in the nature of the Covenant itself.”p.37 This is that God will write his laws on their hearts, “…with the result that all will ‘know Jahweh’.”p.37
But the prophets would have understood that this “law written on the heart” would result in a continuation of the Old Covenant People, not a people who were uncircumcised! However:
Updated 2009-09-27 (build:50) by Andrew Fountain