The New Testament

A Historical and Theological Introduction

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2. The Old Testament as Promise and Preparation

Questions for Research and Discussion

  1. A friend who is a Christian believes that the OT is not beneficial for his spiritual development. How would you respond?
  2. How can someone who views the NT as Scripture still allow the OT to speak without finding obscure references to Jesus everywhere?
  3. How does understanding that the NT did not form in a vacuum influence the way you read and understand it?
  4. What dangers, if any, are there in seeing that Jesus is the hermeneutical key to understanding the OT?
  5. How might the understanding of salvation history as presented in this chapter change your approach to the OT?