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This paper discusses what the writer believes to be the reason for the different directions taken between the Old Testament and the New Testament. The writer takes a Christian perspective to explain this difference and goes into significant detail to support this perspective. The writer asserts that both Books must always be read with the view of Jesus Christ in mind. An outline and annotated bibliography are included with the paper.
From the Paper:"Perhaps the most interesting of Christ's focuses is his use of the Psalms. They appear all over the Gospels. The most famous is from Psalm 22, subtitled "The Prayer of an Innocent Person". In Matthew, chapter 27, verse 46, Jesus calls out the second line of Psalm 22, "My God, my God, why have you abandoned me?" before perishing. It is tempting to feel that Jesus is close to despair at this point. In reading the Psalm, however, you learn that the prayer is about exactly what is happening. The speaker in the Psalm is being tortured and killed, abandoned by all those he loves, but is doing so in the hope that the Kingdom of God in all of its glory will come of his suffering. The Old Testament reference allows Jesus to pull the whole meaning of his passion together in just a few words."
Sample of Sources Used:
- Jurgens, William A. ed. and trans. The Faith of the Early Fathers, Volume 3. Collegeville, Minnesota: The Liturgical Press. 1979.
- Knight, George W. The Illustrated Guide to Bible Customs and Curiosities. Uhrichsville, Ohio: Barbour Publishing. 2007.
- Knight, George W. and Edwards, James R. Nelson's Compact Series, Compact Bible Handbook. Nashville, Tennessee: Thomas Nelson, Inc. 2004.
- Knight, George W. and Edwards, James R., ed. Nelson's Student Bible Handbook. Nashville, Tennessee: Thomas Nelson, Inc.2007
- The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, ed. The New American Bible, St. Joseph Edition. New York: Catholic Book Publishing Company. 1992.
Cite this Persuasive Essay:
Old Testament (2008, December 01) Retrieved January 19, 2022, from https://www.academon.com/persuasive-essay/old-testament-124723/
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