Module 2 - The Old Testament
Give an outline of your own personal reasons why you think that a study of the Old Testament is useful The Christian Bible has two sections, the Old Testament and the New Testament. The Old Testament is the original Hebrew Bible, the sacred scriptures of the Jewish faith, written at different times between about 1200 and 165 BC. I believe there are many reasons to study the Old Testament. The Old Testament lays the foundations for the teaching and events which occur in the New Testament. It is essential to study the Old Testament; the events, characters, laws, covenants, and promises of the Old Testament in order to completely understand the New Testament.
The book of exodus contains some of the most important traditions, one being the Passover. It was in the book of exodus that it became apparent that the Passover was to be celebrated for evermore, and this Passover celebration would influence our Christian Eucharist that remains today. Jesus took this celebration and applied it to the Eucharist, when he said: “Do this in memory of me.”
Each time we as Christians participate in the Eucharist at mass, we relive the foundations of our Christian faith, re-enforcing our oneness with God and his people in the action of Jesus, our new Moses and our liberator. Without the Jewish celebration of the Exodus we as Christians would lack appreciation of the Eucharist. The celebration of the exodus is a way of bridging that generation gap. It allows the Jews of the present day to share in the experience of liberation and freedom that the slaves experienced when they escaped from Egypt.
In the Old Testament, the historical books introduce us to the time of David; a new and highly significant period of Jewish history when he was crowned king of the capital of Judah. These books trace the history of Israel’s monarchy form its establishment to its destruction in 586B.C. From studying the Old Testament it describes how...
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