Covenants are woven into the fabric of the ancient Near Eastern culture where the Biblical stories take place.
The Bible as a whole is structured around covenants and covenant mediators: Adam, Noah, Abraham, Moses, David, and Jesus.
Covenants are a legal mechanism to create a relationship where one did not exist previously. God then uses the cultural concept of covenant to communicate his relationship with his people.
Given the prominence of covenants in the scripture, it is quite helpful for Christians to understand the basics.
The concept of a covenant will help you to deepen your understanding of the Bible.
For further study on this subject an excellent starting point is the book
The Epic of Eden by Dr. Sandra L. Richter. This book is very accessible to non-scholars and provides a solid foundation of the structure of the text.
Scott Broberg - I have a Masters of Divinity (MDiv) from Bethel Seminary - San Diego - Biblical Studies with and emphasis on the Old Testament.
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