PFN--May I ask you if you are approaching this topic as a non-Christian at this point? It seems to me that your views have evolved and even solidified to a point where it may be important for Theophilos and others to know where you are coming from.
To be honest I have no idea what I am right now. I am so thankful, for all of you that have replied with helpful bits of info along the way. I do not want to lose my faith in Christ and His Church. I ask that you are lenient with me, and I beg all of you, destroy all of the arguments that I bring to this discussion. I want to believe, and when everyone shows me the errors in my thoughts, which I am sure are many , this will only help solidify my faith in Christianity.
Again, a big thanks to all that have helped so far, and forgive me if I have offended you in any way.
Thank you for your honesty and sincerity and please forgive me for not realizing the intense internal struggle and pain that you have been experiencing. May the Lord bless your spiritual trek.
Regarding the substance of your questioning, I am not a Biblical scholar but I think we can safely say that a non-Christian will read the Holy Scriptures, particularly the Old Testament, differently than a Christian. The reason, acknowledged by Orthodox, heterodox and agnostic scholars alike, is the paradigm-shifting salvific story of Jesus the Christ, God and Man. Just read the Creed and see if the hair on your arms will not stand up at the awesomeness of it all.
It is impossible, as it was also impossible to the Apostles (especially to Saint Paul), to look to history, to the relationship between God and His chosen people (indeed the entire universe), to the Law if you please, without using the prism of the Cross and the Resurrection. So, you can have exegesis with or without that paradigm-shifting Gospel, but it becomes extremely difficult if one trues to have both approaches at the same time.