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The Mosaic Covenant or Sinaitic Covenant refers to a biblical covenant between God and the Children of Israel. The establishment and stipulations of the Mosaic Covenant are recorded in the first five books of the Hebrew Bible (which are collectively called the Torah), and this covenant is sometimes referred to as the Law of Moses or Mosaic Law or 613 Mitzvot.
The Mosaic Covenant played a role in defining the Israelite kingdom (c.1220-c.930 BCE), and subsequently the southern Kingdom of Judah (c.930-c.587 BCE) and northern Kingdom of Israel (c.930-c.720 BCE), and Yehud Medinata (c.539-c.333 BCE), and the Hasmonean Kingdom (140-37 BCE), and the Bar Kokhba revolt (132-136 CE), and Rabbinic Judaism c.2nd century to the present.
Rabbinic Judaism asserts that the Mosaic covenant was presented to the Jewish people and converts to Judaism (which includes the biblical proselytes) and does not apply to Gentiles, with the notable exception of the Seven Laws of Noah which apply to all people.
The Mosaic Covenant, which Christians generally call the "Old Covenant", in contrast to the New Covenant, has played an important role in the shaping of Christianity and been the source of serious dispute and controversy since its inception, such as Jesus' expounding of the Law during his Sermon on the Mount, the circumcision controversy in Early Christianity, and the Incident at Antioch which has led scholars to dispute the relationship between Paul of Tarsus and Judaism. After the Ascension of Christ and the establishment of the Apostolic Church, the first Christian martyr, after Jesus, recorded in the Book of Acts, Saint Stephen, was killed because of a controversy over the Mosaic Law (included in the Mosaic Covenant) and the Temple (6:13). Later, in Acts 15, the Council of Jerusalem addressed the circumcision controversy in early Christianity.
See also 
- Biblical law in Christianity
- Biblical Mount Sinai
- Christianity and Judaism
- Covenant (biblical)
- Covenant theology
- Covenantal nomism
- Ten Commandments
- Jewish Encyclopedia: Gentiles: Gentiles May Not Be Taught the Torah
- Such as Hebrews 8:6 etc. See also "Epistle to the Hebrews". Catholic Encyclopedia. New York: Robert Appleton Company. 1913.: "The central thought of the entire Epistle is the doctrine of the Person of Christ and His Divine mediatorial office.... There He now exercises forever His priestly office of mediator as our Advocate with the Father (vii, 24 sq.)."
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