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I need some assistance with these assignment. kingdom of god: the development of meaning in the old and new testaments Thank you in advance for the help! But from the outset, the idea of God as an absolute monarch and his kingly rule is pervasive in Scripture.”(Cf.New Dictionary of Theology). The concept of “Kingdom” is not currently in the democratic mindset of our modern world. Ladd points out that in western idiom a kingdom is primarily seen as a realm over which a king exercises his authority. He quotes a modern dictionary definition: “A state or monarchy the head of which is a king, Dominion, realm”, and adds that while a secondary meaning of “kingdom,” relates to the people belonging to a given realm. He does not see either of these definitions as being accurate, as they tend to “lead astray from a correct understanding of the Biblical truth.” (18) Greek and Hebrew scholars that the primary meaning of the Hebrew word “Malkuth” in the Old Testament and the Greek word “basilica” in the New Testament is of the rank, authority, and sovereignty exercised by a king. As Ladd says, “When the word refers to God’s Kingdom, it always refers to His reign, His rule, His sovereignty, and not to any realm in which it is exercised. (20) Edersheim adds that the rule of heaven and the kingship of God was the “very substance of the Old Testament. the object of the calling and mission of Israel. the meaning of all its ordinances whether civil or religious. the underlying idea of all its institutions.” The Old Testament, he says, could not be understood without this.” (265) It was common that the rule of a king would be established by the terms of a covenant, in which two parties are bound together in a solemn, unbreakable oath. There are a series of covenants in the Bible, the terms of which were always determined by God. The earliest books of the Old Testament outline these covenants, showing the development of the nation that was to be the primary realm of his sovereignty on earth.