The Older Testament

"And He came to Nazareth, where He had been brought up; and He went to the synagogue [the remains of the synagogue in Capernaum, which Jesus also attended, is shown in the photograph], as His custom was, on the Sabbath day. And He stood up to read; and there was given to Him the book of the prophet Isaiah. He opened the book and found the place where it was written, "The Spirit of The Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed, to proclaim the acceptable year of The Lord." And He closed the book, and gave it back to the attendant, and sat down; and the eyes of all in the synagogue were fixed on Him. And He began to say to them, "Today this Scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing." (Luke 4:16-21 RSV)

It's quite natural for Christians to look to the New Testament for Christian teaching. But does that mean that the Old Testament should be ignored, or valued less? Is the Old Testament for Jews and the New Testament for Christians? (see Old Testament Fact File and New Testament Fact File)

What Did Jesus Christ Say About The "Old" Testament?

When Jesus Christ attended Sabbath services, the Hebrew Scriptures were all that existed - there was no "New Testament." His reading from the book of Isaiah (Isaiah 61:1-2) as quoted above makes clear however that those Scriptures were about Him. In fact, along with history and law, the Old Testament has many, many references about the Messiah, as Jesus Christ Himself plainly said:

What Did The Christian Church Say About The "Old" Testament?

But what about after the sacrifice of Christ, what did the apostles and early church use? Again, all of their references to the "Scriptures" were the Hebrew Scriptures, the Old Testament, because the New Testament was in the process of being written. And what did the writers of the New Testament have to say about the Old Testament?

Fact Finder: Is all Scripture inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness?
2 Timothy 3:16

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