Neglecting the Old Testament


Dr. Claude Mariottini - Professor of Old Testament

This is the second post reviewing Brent A. Strawn’s book, The Old Testament Is Dying: A Diagnosis and Recommended Treatment. Read the introductory post, The Old Testament Is Dying.

Writing to Timothy, the apostle Paul wrote: “The Old Testament is inspired by God and is useful for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, so that everyone who belongs to God may be proficient, equipped for every good work” (2 Timothy 3:16-17).

Everyone knows that in 2 Timothy 3:16 Paul speaks of “All Scriptures,” however, since there was no New Testament in the days of Paul, it is clear that he was referring to the scriptures of the Jewish people, the Hebrew Bible, what Christians call today the Old Testament. What Paul says is that “everyone who belongs to God” should know the Old Testament scriptures because those scriptures are “useful for teaching, for reproof…

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