The Old Testament is a collection of writings from the first part of the Bible. It has 39 books that were written between the 12th and 2nd centuries BCE.
The Old Testament’s importance is with its prophetic messages, laws, stories, and poetry. It starts in the book of Genesis and describes the creation of the world through the establishment of a new covenant between God and Abraham.
The middle of the Old Testament contains those areas focusing on the history of the Israelites, the rituals, and laws. It is one of those areas you will go to frequently for your daily Bible verses because of the lessons it teaches. These are found in the books of Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy.
The rest of the Old Testament is a mixture of different covering prophecies, poetry, and history. The prophetic books are Jeremiah, Isaiah, and Ezekiel. Those poetry books include Psalms and Proverbs. The books about the history of the Bible are Joshua, Kings, and Judges.
The Old Testament is the building block of the Bible that teaches you what God expects from all of us. It offers a basic foundation to understand the history of humankind, law, and poetry.
Why Is It Important?
The Old Testament is important for many different reasons. First, it is the foundation of Christianity and shaped the ethics, culture, and beliefs of Western civilization. You learn about the story of humankind, the importance of the Israelites, and the teaching of prophets. The teachings from the prophets are considered to be wisdom sent to us directly from God. This serves as a moral guide on the concepts of compassion, mercy, and justice. It also warns against oppression, greed, and idolatry. These are things that God doesn’t want you to do and expressly condemns them.
Second, the Old Testament is critical for understanding the teachings of Christ in the New Testament. The New Testament uses quotes from the Old Testament and refers back to it over 800 times. This gives you the background for the teachings and events in the New Testament. Some good examples of how the Old and New Testaments build off of each other include the Passover meal, the Birth of Jesus, and the return of Jesus.
Third, the Old Testament teaches us the historical and literary importance of different concepts. You will see different prophetic messages, wisdom, creativity, spirituality, and how we should be acting. You understand the culture, religion, and politics of ancient civilizations. This offers an understanding of how different cultures and languages emerged.
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The Old Testament is the first part of the Bible that offers a background of its history, politics, law, and religion. It serves as the foundation for the New Testament and is referred to over 800 times in it.
Our Old Testament Bible study helps you to understand the importance of its lessons and why it matters. You will gain insights you can use in your daily life that make a difference.