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« on: January 20, 2015, 03:52:29 PM »

What does the Old Testament represent to you? Does it represent anything for your religious life? How do you make sense of it in your religious life? How do you take it? Do you believe in it? Do you believe the Old Testament is inerrant? How do you work the Old Testament through in your faith?

How do you take stories like the first couple, the destruction of Sodome and Ghomorrah, The Flood of Noah, the choosing of Jacob over Edom, the macabre petition of God for Abraham to sacrifice his Son, the Exodus, the Conquest of Canaan, all the Israelite wars, the partiality of God in the Old Testament when it refers to the Jews,  and all the rest of the poring of blood, divine wrath, vindication and so on?

How do you work the Old Testament through in your faith?
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« Reply #1 on: January 20, 2015, 04:33:46 PM »

What does the Old Testament represent to you? Does it represent anything for your religious life? How do you make sense of it in your religious life? How do you take it? Do you believe in it? Do you believe the Old Testament is inerrant? How do you work the Old Testament through in your faith?

How do you take stories like the first couple, the destruction of Sodome and Ghomorrah, The Flood of Noah, the choosing of Jacob over Edom, the macabre petition of God for Abraham to sacrifice his Son, the Exodus, the Conquest of Canaan, all the Israelite wars, the partiality of God in the Old Testament when it refers to the Jews,  and all the rest of the poring of blood, divine wrath, vindication and so on?

How do you work the Old Testament through in your faith?

Its the same like New Testament.
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« Reply #2 on: January 20, 2015, 06:37:06 PM »

What does the Old Testament represent to you? Does it represent anything for your religious life? How do you make sense of it in your religious life? How do you take it? Do you believe in it? Do you believe the Old Testament is inerrant? How do you work the Old Testament through in your faith?

How do you take stories like the first couple, the destruction of Sodome and Ghomorrah, The Flood of Noah, the choosing of Jacob over Edom, the macabre petition of God for Abraham to sacrifice his Son, the Exodus, the Conquest of Canaan, all the Israelite wars, the partiality of God in the Old Testament when it refers to the Jews,  and all the rest of the poring of blood, divine wrath, vindication and so on?

How do you work the Old Testament through in your faith?

The Orthodox position is nicely described in The Christian Old Testament: Looking at the Hebrew Scriptures through Christian Eyes by Fr. Lawrence Farley. Give it a shot.

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« Reply #3 on: January 20, 2015, 06:57:20 PM »

Our Greek Orthodox priest has described the Old testament as showing us all why we are sinners who are in need of our Savior Jesus Christ. and that is why we focus on the New Testament.
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« Reply #4 on: January 20, 2015, 08:29:11 PM »

Does it represent anything for your religious life? How do you make sense of it in your religious life? How do you take it? Do you believe in it? Do you believe the Old Testament is inerrant?

How do you take stories like the first couple, the destruction of Sodome and Ghomorrah, The Flood of Noah, the choosing of Jacob over Edom, the macabre petition of God for Abraham to sacrifice his Son, the Exodus, the Conquest of Canaan, all the Israelite wars, the partiality of God in the Old Testament when it refers to the Jews,  and all the rest of the poring of blood, divine wrath, vindication and so on?

How do you work the Old Testament through in your faith?
I pray the Psalms sometimes.  I find it helpful spiritually.
The ancient texts are not scientifically inerrant. The destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah has a basis in fact and archaeology. God's partiality results from the fact that Israelites recognized Him when other nations didn't or those nations had mistaken views.
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« Reply #5 on: January 20, 2015, 11:40:23 PM »

I see it as the foundation of the Christian faith.    The first covenant which led the 2nd.
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« Reply #6 on: January 21, 2015, 03:14:06 PM »

I see it as the foundation of the Christian faith.    The first covenant which led the 2nd.
Absolutely! My priest is fond of saying "we look at the Old Testament through the prism of Christ (or the Cross)." I do not know if Father Thomas is quoting somebody, but it seems to be about the only way we can approach the Old Testament. Father Lawrence Farley's book that I recommended earlier on this thread is also based on that principle.
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