New v. Old

New v. Old

This is an ongoing series of meditations on faith, in response to readings from the articles that preface The Oxford Study Bible.

I will trust the reader to dig up the context if the meaning is unclear.

The Oxford said that "in the early second century, some Christians believed that if you could not find a teaching in the 'charters' of the Old Testament, you should not believe it in the gospel" (page 129).

Funny, because in my undergrad class on hermeneutics, the rule was just the opposite.

Now the culture of interpretation is such that if you can't find it in the New, you can and should discount it in the Old. Or at least, take it with a large grain of salt. What a transformation. What a literal revolution.

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