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Old Testament Bible Study

Christopher Said:

Which bible to get, informative and explanatory?

We Answered:

Your best bet is to just go to a Christian bookstore, and pick many up and see how easily they "read' to you. Like everything else, there are too many subjective opinions out there to make an objective decision! What is most important is not which one you pick, it is that you READ. ("Faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God. "(Romans 10:17) This may seem a simple statement, but it really isn' can tell me someday what it means to you.)

Milton Said:

What is a bible story in the old testament that has to do with any of the five senses?

We Answered:

Song of Solomon Chapter 4 -----it's all VISUAL!

Since you are the one's that are doing the project - pull out a concordance and look up each sense that you are trying find.
I looked up "taste" and there are 15 references in the OT alone!

Joann Said:

Have you studied the Bible? Did you know that in the Old Testament it was foretold that....?

We Answered:

Who hasn't studied the Bible?
Most of the prophecy you're referring to was written generations after the fact.
It's easy to sound all mystical and kung fuy after the fact.
Lots of the old testament were written as recently as 500 years before Christ.
Long after the events they foretell had already happened.
You should try studing it as well, just reading it isn't study, but do both.


Allen Said:

Was there a King Cypress in the old testament?

We Answered:

Oops. Either you heard wrong, or your friend mispronounced it. He was Cyrus the Great of Persia, mentioned in Daniel and Ezra.

He freed the Israelites from Babylonian captivity and helped them rebuild the temple in Jerusalem.

Grace Said:

How come Christians don't use the original Hebrew bible but they MADE an old testament to suit their?

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I am a former Christian fundamentalist who, as an adult, converted to Orthodox Judaism.
There are lots of reasons why their man-god can't be messiah--much less G-d! He fulfills absolutely none of the requirements for messiah, for instance. The Messiah will usher in an age of world peace, return the Jewish people to their land, and will re-institute Temple worship. By contrast, the Christian man-god lived during a period of profound violence in instability; shortly after his death the Temple was destroyed and the Jewish people were dispersed throughout the world....

Kind of exactly the OPPOSITE of the prophecies.

The Christian Bible says that there are many prophecies that their man-god DID fulfill. It's interesting to note that many of these prophecies were misquoted...and sometimes the 'prophecies' weren't even there! They were made up out of whole cloth...

But there ARE some prophecies that he appears to have truly fulfilled. How can this be?

The Christian books of the Bible were written many years after the death of their man-god. There were squabbles within the new religious group from the first, and there was certainly time for revisionist history. I believe that the books that were written had the man-god 'saying' things he never actually said, and 'doing' things he never actually did.

There's a story: A man walked through the woods and saw tree after tree with round circles painted on them, and arrows in the very middle of each circle. He asked around: "How can anyone be such a good marksman?"

"It's simple," he was told. "The marksman shoots the arrow first, and then draws the circle around the arrow." I think that story explains a lot of the supposed fulfillment of prophecy.

Of course, the Torah itself says that we are forbidden to worship other gods...even if a prophet does miracles to "prove" that we should (Deuter. 13)

There are other reasons the man-god can't have been the Messiah. His genealogy, for one thing: By Christian accounts, on one side of his family, his genealogy is traced back to Nathan, son of David. But the Messiah must come through Solomon! On the other side, his lineage goes through Jeconiah, who was cursed never to have a descendant sitting on the throne of David. (Jeremiah 22:30). These two factors absolutely rule out the Christian man-god.

Steven Said:

What is the best Study Bible and does it matter what year it was published?

We Answered:

I would suggest using one based on the King James version first, or the New King James. It is the closest translation to the original manuscripts. If you cannot acquire one of these, I guess the New American Standard would do, although I am not real crazy about this translation. Sorry I cannot offer a specific one. I would suggest going to your local Christian book store and asking them, they may be able to steer you to one that will be appropriate. I would avoid the NIV or any "modern" translations, they tend to edit out verses and change words that make them somewhat confusing. Hope this helps.

Jackie Said:

Does the new testament contradict the old testament?

We Answered:

On the contrary, I believe it confirms and establishes it.
The New Testament rests on the basis of the Old Testament, but the Old Testament without the New Testament is like a building with an open roof or like a book that never comes to the conclusion of the story.

"Therefore, when Christ came into the world, he said:
"Sacrifice and offering you did not desire,
but a body you prepared for me;
with burnt offerings and sin offerings
you were not pleased.
Then I said, 'Here I am—it is written about me in the scroll—
I have come to do your will, O God."

Hebrews 10:5-7 (quoting Psalm 40)

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