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Covenant People
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The political significance of the concept of the “covenant people” is most marked in the emergence of federal theology (Covenant theology) in the Reformed tradition. Drawing on the biblical concept of covenant, Zwingli and H. Bullinger perceived Reformed Zürich as a covenant community. As in ancient Israel the covenant determined all of society, so in Zürich the church was to be viewed as co-terminous with the civil community. The covenant was to provide the foundation for both the church and the magistracy, in analogy to the r…

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Fergusson, David, “Covenant People”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 20 January 2020 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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