The Old Testament set the stage for the New by revealing God's holiness and righteousness, and gave the promise of a messiah or redeemer who would come to redeem humanity. But the establishment of the Jewish nation and their Old Testament history, were only part of God's preparations for the arrival of the promised redeemer. … Continue reading Understanding the New Testament
The Old and New Testaments are separated by one blank page in most Bibles. But that single page represents a long interval known as the 400 years of silence, as we have no record of God speaking through the prophets or inspired writers. Nonetheless, God was at work orchestrating world affairs to bring about the fullness … Continue reading The Significance of the Intertestamental Period
Our Old Testament is the first and longer portion of the Bible. A collection of ancient Hebrew writings that not only contains the historical record of God's promise to them and all of humanity, but also their primary text for moral instruction. It was set in the ancient Near East (our Middle East), with most events taking … Continue reading Why the Old Testament is Important
Our word testament comes from the Greek diaqhkh, meaning "will, testament, or covenant." The best translation, Biblically speaking, is covenant, as the Old and New Testaments are God's covenants (or agreements) with humanity. The Old Testament deals primarily with the Mosaic Covenant, or the agreement God made with the Jews, in giving his law on Mount … Continue reading Why Does the Bible Have Two Testaments?
The Bible is a unique book. A collection of smaller books, 66 of them joined together, to become what we also know as the Scriptures or the Word of God. It contains about 611,000 words, written by 40 main authors, over a period of 1500 years. A bit of history: The word Bible comes from two Greek words. … Continue reading About the Bible