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Facing the Old Testament
May 2nd, 2008 by mormonmisc at 12:01 pm

Facing the Old Testament

I believe Old Testament is an important collection of religious writings in the Judeo/Christian/LDS tradition. The fact that there has been substantial development within the Judeo/Christian/LDS tradition has resulted in substantial neglect of the Old Testament by most LDS and other Christians. The following is a list of points which are so certain that there is not room for reasonable dispute. I discuss these points and briefly explain how they have shaped my approach to the Old Testament. Several participants join with me in this discussion.

1. There is not now, nor has there ever been a consensus as to what belongs in the canon of the Old Testament.

2. Every list or collection of Old Testament books is a selection from a much larger body of ancient Israelite and Jewish writings.

3. The authorship of most of the Old Testament books is unknown.

4. Much of the Old Testament makes no claim to revelation or inspiration.

5. A number of beliefs, ritual, laws and punishments are strange, and bizarre to us.6. Some of the Old Testament religion is illegal in America.

7. Many laws and principles which were to continue forever have been abolished by Christianity.

8. Some aspects of the portrayal of God in the Old Testament are not found in modern Christianity.

9. There is disagreement between a number of Old Testament passages and the findings of modern science.

10. A number of doctrines are not accepted by modern Christianity.

11. There are many differences in Old Testament accounts and beliefs.

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