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      Jeremiah 31:34, new covenant membership, and baptism

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          The promise of Jeremiah 31:34 that "all of them will know me, from the least of them to the greatest of them, " has been of crucial importance for the paedo - vs. credobaptism debate. However, there has been little discussion of what the quantifier means based on Jeremiah's repeated and thematically linked uses. Throughout his prophecy, Jeremiah consistently uses this quantifier in reference to a group about which something is pervasively, though not exhaustively, true. Therefore, the quantifier in Jeremiah 31:34 should not be understood as presenting subjective knowledge of the Lord as the necessary condition of New Covenant membership to the exclusion of infant membership in that community and infant baptism as the sign of membership.

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                Role: ND
                Journal
                scriptur
                Scriptura
                Scriptura
                Stellenbosch University, Faculty of Theology
                2305-445X
                2015
                : 114
                : 0
                : 1-14
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                [1 ] Stellenbosch University
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                S2305-445X2015000100022
                f3969556-f0db-4d37-872d-38f231c9800a

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                Self URI (journal page): http://www.scielo.org.za/scielo.php?script=sci_serial&pid=2305-445X&lng=en
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                Social Sciences, Interdisciplinary

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                Baptism,New Covenant,Ecclesiology,Sacramentology,Jeremiah 31
                Sociology
                Baptism, New Covenant, Ecclesiology, Sacramentology, Jeremiah 31

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