What Is The Old Testament? — is it still relevant today?

RainingFaithCo
8 min readMay 25, 2022

Both the old testament and the new testament make up the entire holy bible. While the Old testament are scriptures about the Jewish faith, Christianity on the other hand is drawn on both Old and the New Testament; The New Testament is the fulfillment of the prophecies of the Old testament.

What is the Old Testament?

It is the first ¾ of the bible. The list of books in this section are made up of 39 smaller works that are grouped into 4 main sections. The fist 5 (Pentateuch), followed by the historical books, then the poetic books and then the books of the Prophets. The old testament is a later christian tradition that developed after Jesus and the apostles. In the ancient Jewish tradition of these days, these works were written all on separate scrolls and seen as unified; as a 3 part collection called the Tanakh. The Tanakh (Hebrew) is an acronym for ‘Torah’ (instruction/ teaching), ‘Nevim’ (prophets) and ‘Ketuvim’ (writings). The Tanakh has the exact same books as the Protestant old testament, but is is arranged differently! The Torah corresponds to the Pentateuch, but the Prophets consists of four historical narrative books and then the fifteen works named after specific prophets. After this are the Writings; an extremely diverse collection of poetic and narrative texts. These 3 parts are referred to in ancient jewish texts as the dead sea scrolls and the ‘Wisdom of Sirah, even Jesus had mentioned it. Why is this so important? That is because this 3 part shape is sewn into the design of the scrolls themselves. Every single scroll (once dissected) has been coordinated by cross references that link each work into the larger 3 part collection.

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Who put all of these scrolls together?

Some of the famous contributors are named, like David or Moses…but most of the authors remain anonymous! The bible mentions them simply as ‘Scribes’ or ‘The prophet’. These scribes believed that Gods spirit was guiding this entire process. So yes man written them…but from the spirit of god; so that through these human words, god speaks to his people. They treasured them and composed them into a unified collection. We do not have the exact time of when the process was finished but it was somewhere in the last centuries before Jesus…

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