Re: recent reading
Posted by Steven on 5/7/2010, 17:26:58, in reply to "Re: recent reading"
I didn't know that the books of the Jewish and Christian Old Testaments were in a different order. That explains some of the chronological anomalies. |
Religion is one of many fields that it would be nice to know more about: philosophy, psychology, the sciences, music theory, foreign languages, and on and on. It's frustrating that there isn't time to explore everywhere we would like to go.
: Having read farther in my book, I can give a bit more
: answer to your question. The prophets that come at the
: end of most of our Bibles have more to say about love
: and social justice than the books that come before
: them. Jonah even finds God too forgiving.
: Harris follows the order of Jewish Bibles for the OT
: because it groups like books together and makes for
: more clear discussion. The minor prophets follow the
: major prophets and come in a different order than in
: Christian Bibles. Ruth is moved back to the writings
: , and Chronicles comes at the end. That brings the
: Jewish Bible to a neat close, while in Christian
: Bibles, the minor prophets, esp. Malachi at the very
: end, predict a coming king (apparently any king was
: called messiah) and so lead into the NT.
: Harris writes that most scholars believe the book of
: Isaiah to be the work of at least two and probably
: three different prophets. He says that Second Isaiah
: is the first to really promote Yahweh as the one, true
: god, creater of all the universe.