Sunday Quote!- Reading the Old Testament as Christian Scripture


J.W. Wartick - Reconstructing Faith

jd-earlEvery Sunday, I will share a quote from something I’ve been reading. The hope is for you, dear reader, to share your thoughts on the quote and related issues and perhaps pick up some reading material along the way!

Reading the Old Testament as Christian Scripture

Douglas S. Earl’s The Joshua Delusion is an attempt to approach the Old Testament in such a way as to understand it as Christian Scripture. For Earl, what this means is reading Scripture in a way that reflects Christian teaching in the New Testament. Moreover, it may mean that we need not read the Bible the same way contemporaries read it. One of the criteria Earl suggests is the notion of “fittingness” in our reading of Scripture:

[F]or a Christian reader of a biblical text ‘fittingness’ is a criterion for interpretation that relates both to what the text was originally trying to achieve…

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2 thoughts on “Sunday Quote!- Reading the Old Testament as Christian Scripture

  1. What I wrote on J.W.’s post: “Before I read your post I was thinking about the title and whether we can go too far; while I think there’s a place for the OT as Christian scripture in our reading but we can go too far as you said.’

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