The Old Testament And New Testament

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The Old Testament serves as a foundation for the teachings of God, while the New Testament continues to build and preserve God’s principles. The Old Testament and New Testament have a very unique relationship, as they are complementary to each other. The Old Testament contains many prophecies that are fulfilled in the New Testament. God can be viewed as fearsome in the Old Testament, whereas God portrays a friendlier and more compassionate persona in the New Testament. Although there are many differences between the two, there are also many similarities due to the heavy influence that the writings of the Old Testament had on the books and passages of the New Testament. An example of similarity between the Old Testament and the New Testament can be examined between passages from the First Book of Samuel and the Gospel of Luke, located in the Old Testament and New Testament respectively. The First Book of Samuel, named after Samuel himself, can be found in the Old Testament and is also part of the Deuteronomistic History. There are many scholars that believe Samuel himself wrote this book, but the authorship is still relatively unknown. The First Book of Samuel appears to be written during the divided monarchy but before the fall of the northern kingdom. The Book tells the stories of Samuel, Saul, and David. The first part of the book describes the birth and story of Saul. The second part describes the relationship between Samuel and Saul. Finally, the third part describes the relationship between Saul and David. Samuel, a prophet anointed to speak of God’s word to the nation, represents one way of governing. God works through the prophet’s words to remind the people of Israel to be faithful to the terms of the Covenant. A second ... ... middle of paper ... ...e very similar in context, both use different vocabulary to portray their message. For example, Hannah refers God as the “LORD”, whereas Mary refers to God as “He”. Hannah mentions God a “ROCK”, as a rock is firm and strong. Mary mentions God as the “Mighty One”. To conclude, the Old Testament and the New Testament are very similar in many aspects. The New Testament had fulfilled what the Old Testament had prophesized. Many of the books in the New Testament were influenced by the books in the Old Testament. The First Book of Samuel and the Gospel According to Luke are excellent examples of how the Old Testament and New Testament are similar. The dialogues of Hannah in 1 Samuel 2:1-11 and Mary in Luke 1:46-56 share similar diction and reoccurring themes. Both woman express their joyfulness and praise towards God for all of the wonderful things He has done for them.
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