The Old Testament and the Christian Gospel

Frederick J. Gaiser

Article Type: Article

Publication Date: 10/1/1987

Issue: The Ministry of the Baptized (Vol. 7, No 4, Fall, 1987)

The Old Testament bears witness not to important peripheral issues for the Christian faith, but to essential central issues of the Christian faith—and that it does so even when read in its clear historical sense. That this witness is self-evident. Other intelligent and pious people, especially within the Jewish community, read the same texts without this sense. This reading is shaped by my Christian confession (while at the same time always at work re-shaping that confession by the norm of Scripture itself). How is such a position possible? At least two things must be said, one deriving from a Christian (and biblical) doctrine of God, the other from a reading of the texts themselves.

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