The Bible’s effect on history, politics, and religion has shaped the world we live in today. In order to comprehend the level of significance the Bible represents, one must systematically break down the structure of the Bible. Religious writings of both Judaism and Christianity compose the Bible and are dependant on the religious traditions of a specific denomination. In the context of Judaism, Tanakh is the Hebrew name of the Bible composed by the three parts of the Hebrew Bible: the Torah, Nevi’im, and Ketuvim. The Torah includes the “Five Books” of Moses which establishes God’s covenant with the Jews.
I feel that having a firm understanding of all the related history of Israel gives a student of the Old Testament a far greater understanding of why these stories are in the Bible and what was meant to be learned from them. In this paper I give brief, yet significant, explanations of the Old Testament from the death of King David to the Maccabean revolt. To begin our study and understanding of old testament it makes sense to start from the earliest time. King David is responsible for bringing together Israel into one nation. The idea that David is a prophet is debated among scholars and is something worth looking into, since these are decisions we must make regarding the Old Testament.
Similar to Adam... ... middle of paper ... ...ous one, is Enlil and he was talking to Shamash. More research and focus should be dedicated to finding connections between The Epic of Gilgamesh and the Bible since these similarities shed new light onto parts of Judaism and Christianity. Morals surrounding the power of God and his children in the Bible could have been derived from the Epic of Gilgamesh. Details from ancient mesopotamian mythology influenced the writers of the Bible, and every little detail of the latter has affected the modern world. Work Cited Coogan, Michael David, et al.
In his book, Knowing Jesus Through the Old Testament, Dr. Wright looks to bring about the unity between the Hebrew Scriptures and the understanding of Jesus pertaining to the Word of God. Dr. Wright points out that the knowledge of Christ Jesus originated in the history of salvation that was planned and worked by the Lord for the people of Israel. This book is one of the most essential sources to understand the relation between Jesus and the Old Testament. In fact, “Christian talk of the relation between Jesus Christ and the OT has been prone in the tradition to several forms of error.” As we will see, the author illustrates the complex method in which the character, doctrine, and mission are mingled and can be found within the Hebrew Bible. Dr. Wright illustrates upon the passage of Matthew 1 – 4 indicating how the Old Testament covenants and promises brought about the knowledge of Jesus and interestingly enough discover their completion in Him.
For example, Jesus accepted the Ten Commandments that God had given to the Jews through Moses; he preached new ideas at the same time. Also, like the Torah from Judaism, the Bible was the Christianity’s holy book. Although there are a lot of differences between the Islam and the Christianity, there is, still, a little similarity. The founder of Islam was Mohammad who was born in Mecca in A.D. 570. Islam, also a monotheistic religion, has a book similar to that of the Holy Bible.
Reading this book has provided me with an overview of how Jesus is, portrayed in the course of the Old Testament, and a better perspective on the outline of the history of God’s people was preceding the arrival of Jesus our redeemer and savior which; brought about the New Testament. I have gained a greater appreciation for the Old Testament and its importance for improving my biblical understanding of the important and necessary events that led up to our salvation.
Sacred texts are essential for scholars or even the common person to gain knowledge about the foundation that a specific religion is built upon. For the religion of Judaism, the Jewish community relies heavily on the sacred text of the Torah, which can be considered as their guide through life; the Jews follow the Torah as their covenant or connect to Yahweh. However, another book has also emerged from Judaism that traditionally holds great meaning, but has lost prestige, called The Talmud or The Oral law. The Talmud is traditionally known for containing a variety of religious laws, folktales, and guidance through a balanced life all condensed into a one script; this causes the book to not be ideal for most people because of the rigorous challenges of studying involved. While considered out dated and irrelevant today, the Talmud is look upon as undervalued, but is essential for Jewish faith.
The purpose of the passage is to demonstrate that Jesus is indeed the Messiah, which is a dominant theme throughout this particular Gospel. The above passage was chosen to obtain a greater perspective on the genealogy of Jesus Christ, through further examining Matthew’s tactic of incorporating Jesus into various Jewish traditions and prophecies. This passage is particularly interesting because Matthew functions as a bridge between the two Testaments, by showing how prophetic “fulfillment citations” from the Hebrew Bible were fulfilled, in the person of Jesus therefore proving he is the Messiah .The book of Matthew is a complicated Gospel; as a result, it is vital for its ... ... middle of paper ... ...s view Jesus as the Messiah and continue to worship him as the foundation of Christianity. As a result, it is evident that Christianity and Judaism possess different beliefs. Perhaps over time the two faiths will fuse together and allow the people to become unified and share the same beliefs towards the true Messiah.
This section has greatly influenced the Jewish people by strengthening their relationship with God and cultural ties with each other and their biblical homeland. The third section of the Hebrew Bible is the Ketuvim “writings” and, like the other two sections, has greatly influenced the Jewish People. The Ketuvim contains many books whose focus is on morality, spirituality, philosophy, prayer, and the reinforcement of God’s relationship with humanity. This third section of the
The Jews in Berea received the word from Paul and examined the scripture daily to confirm the truth (Acts 17:10-12). These early followers of Christ set the example that today’s believers need to follow. The New Testament student will develop a much richer faith by embracing the study of the Old Testament. The exploration into the depths of details that God’s plan has threaded into both Testaments will expand the researchers understanding of God. The revelation that God concealed the plan of salvation in the Law and the Prophets until the right time for it to be reveled is one of the many treasures of studying the Old Test... ... middle of paper ... ...ent book except Revelation.” In order to show his readers that Jesus was the Christ, he went into the Old Testament writings of Isaiah, Deuteronomy and several other Prophets.