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December 18, 2007



What do we do, then, with the Old Testament? I know you're not saying it's insignificant, but it seems like you're saying that it has lesser significance to us, our faith and sharing the Gospel than the New Testament has.

Alex Marshall

The Old Testament has a lot of significance. When Jesus was teaching what is recorded in the four gospels all his audience knew was the Old Testament so he spent a lot of time addressing themes developed in the Old Testament (his discussion of the law in the Sermon on the Mount is a great example). Same is true of the writers of the New Testament when they were writing it. Though they had some knowledge of the the other writings that would come to be part of the New Testament, by in large, they seem to rely on their knowledge of the Old Testament scriptures. Something like 1/4 to 1/3 of the New Testament is quoting the Old. So while not all of the Old Testament law may apply to us in the New Covenant, to really understand the New Testament I think you need to have a good grasp on the Old. Or maybe a better way of saying that would be the better you understand the Old Testament the more you will understand the New Testament.

Likewise, if the four gospels are what Jesus began to teach, then we might say they lay the foundation for what shows up in the rest of the New Testament. So the more you understand Matthew, Mark, Luke and John, the more sense the Epistles and Revelation are going to make.

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