Essay on The Bible Story: The Old Testament

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To speak of the Hebrew Scripture is to speak of story, a story stretching from the very beginning of time to only a few centuries before the beginning of the Common Era. It is to speak of richness of content, of purpose and of reality and to engross oneself in an overarching narrative that, depending on your personal convictions, continues to the present day. Within this richness is found a wide variety of different events and experience, told through a series of genre ranging from foundational myth to apocalypse, law giving to poetry, genealogy to wisdom and many more. Within this diversity however, three broad sections can be discerned that speak to a shared purpose and content, these are the sections of Law, Prophecy and Writings. It…show more content…
The reason behind this is the very nature of the content in it and the purpose the authors invoked when placing in it the stories they did. As noted before, within this section is what are called the ‘foundational myths’ of Israel, that is, the stories of how the people and nation came to be and the explanation of its purpose and uniqueness among the nations of the world. The existence of these stories, and so the purpose of this section, works as a uniting force for this new people and new nation, reminding them of their common past and of the God who rescued them and made a covenant with them. This remembrance also has the effect of reinforcing the importance of keeping the covenant as a response to the saving acts of their God and as the true way to ensure the rewards of the covenant rather than the curses. In comparison to this, the section of the Hebrew Scriptures known as ‘prophecy’ is a far harder collection from which to discern common threads in the sense of genre or content. Set as a continuation of the greater biblical narrative, the Prophecy section is best understood when divided further into two parts, that of the former prophets and the later prophets . The former prophets consist of the books of Joshua, Judges, 1-2 Samuel and 1-2 kings and are generally referred to as ‘deutero-historical books’, expressing the role the theology of Deuteronomy plays in its
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