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2) The term "dispensation" may also refer to systems or periods of time that are relevant for salvation. The New and Old Covenants may be referred to as the New and Old Dispensations. Dispensationalism refers to a system of biblical interpretation which identifies seven periods or eras of God's relationship with humanity. These dispensations extend from the time of Innocence in the Garden of Eden to the coming of the Kingdom, the time when God's promises are fulfilled with Christ as King. The term "dispensation" may also refer generally to the divine ordering of worldly affairs or a divinely revealed religious system or code of commands. 

Glossary definitions provided courtesy of Church Publishing Incorporated, New York, NY,(All Rights reserved) from "An Episcopal Dictionary of the Church, A User Friendly Reference for Episcopalians," Don S. Armentrout and Robert Boak Slocum, editors.
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