WHAT LATTER-DAY SAINT CHRISTIANS SHOULD KNOW ABOUT THE OLD TESTAMENT Note: Although I use academic studies throughout this post, I have moved all of the bibliography to the end of the document in order to facilitate a more convenient reading for those not interested in the notes. If you are interested in seeing where I am getting my ideas (or just to use the list of books to find some good reading) please look at the notes. It is a difficult task for a modern day Christian, even Latter-day Saint,[i] audience to approach a study of the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament.[ii] We are far removed from the Jewish worldview, let alone its rituals, practices, and lifestyle, so that when a year’s curriculum approaches that requires the serious student to focus the mind on the Old Testament we are not well equipped to understand that body of texts. I might ask the reader if you have ever read a full book of scripture? If so, which one? Is it the Book of Mormon? The Doctrine and Covenants? Maybe it is the New Testament? The Pearl of Great Price does not count for this situation because it is too short, but does the Old Testament receive the honor of being on your “completed” bookshelf? These questions are not asked to instill guilt, but rather to show what it is that we are more familiar with as a community and on an individual level.[iii] We do not spend much time at all in studying the Old Testament, and when we do it is only topically and through a Christian lens,[iv] which distracts us from the ever important questions, “What did the author intend to say?” and “How would his original audience understand the text, or what mechanisms in their society did they have available to them in order to interpret it?” How does one gain an interest in studying the books of the Old Testament, especially in their historical context? I cannot create interest in anyone, but I...read more
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