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    Default Old Testament?

    Which religions or strains of religion (if any) follow the Old Testament of the Bible? I'm just reading about some of the stories from the Old Testament and I have to say, they are rather unpleasant! (My understanding is that Christianity follows the New Testament, is that right? Does the OT have any place within Christianity?)

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    The Old Testament has its place, but is not the one followed. It is referred to when learning about Christianity over the ages, but that's about it. It's still part of the Bible on the whole for us, but not something that we look to for guidance or anything.

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    Judaism and the Isalmic faith both follow parts of the OT but also have other books as well

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    Default Old Testament?

    Most Jews use the old testament ( Tanakh) as a guide , from my perspective ( Reform Judaism ) it's more like a history book that you study from and it's interpretation evolves over the years
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    Please forgive my ignorance on this matter.

    Quote Originally Posted by share a book View Post
    The Old Testament has its place, but is not the one followed. It is referred to when learning about Christianity over the ages, but that's about it. It's still part of the Bible on the whole for us, but not something that we look to for guidance or anything.
    So would Christians view it more as a history book? If so, how literal is it's interpretation (or is that too broader a question?) (I'm just thinking even if it's a history book the god of the OT is really rather cruel.)

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    Most Jews use the old testament ( Tanakh) as a guide , from my perspective ( Reform Judaism ) it's more like a history book that you study from and it's interpretation evolves over the years
    How literal is the interpretation for Jews? (Again, I realise this might be a very broad question.)

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    Default Old Testament?

    I thought Christians still would use it, I mean, they believe (usually) in creationism and the 10 commandments are in the ot

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    Default Old Testament?

    Christians still use the old testament for guidance etc. some parts are literal think historical books like genesis etc. some are for guidance and inspiration, think psalms, and others were prophecy and speak of Jesus coming. The new testament speaks of the 'new covenant' that happened when Jesus was born/died and rose again. Therefore some parts of what the church practiced in the old testament were abolished as Jesus came as the ultimate sacrifice.
    Like in OT days people didn't have direct access to God or the scriptures. This part of the church was the inner sanctum behind curtains. People also made living sacrifices to God. When Jesus died on the cross the curtain the church/temple tore, symbolizing that Jesus came so all could be part of Gods church. And Jesus was the ultimate sacrifice so sacrificing animals was unnecessary after that.
    Hope I explained that right!

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    So would Christians view it more as a history book? If so, how literal is it's interpretation (or is that too broader a question?) (I'm just thinking even if it's a history book the god of the OT is really rather cruel.)

    I will only answer for ME.
    I believe it as it is written (literal), both old and new.

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    The OT disturbs me.

    My BF's family is very religious, so I thought I would give the bible a read.

    After all the sacrificing and 'kill your son, oh wait no I'm just joking', I lost some faith...

    It is like a murderer committing a crime, being caught years later and then held up high because he started a children's charity that does alot of good.

    While I do believe in God, it has confused me somewhat...

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    Default Old Testament?

    It's not literal at all, some say it's just symbolic, kabbalists think it's more mystical, it was meant to be read with with the Talmud ( oral law) , jews read it differently to christians, I think the Christian churches have changed the order of the books around and some of the translations are wrong which is why I suppose it's hard to understand!


 

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