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Rabbi Shmuley Boteach’s view of the “Old Testament”

Rabbi Boteach discusses his views of the Hebrew Scriptures in the following article. While he makes a good point, I’m not sure I completely concur. Since what Christians refer to as the Old Testament is arranged in such a way as to make Israel look like the nation only grew worse and worse, and is deliberately mistranslated in many portions pertaining to the identity of the messiah, in order to make the NT dovetail more with their OT (still doesnt’ work)  it might be best to just let things be. Why equate accurate and inaccurate?

Compare this arrangement with the Tanach, or Hebrew Bible: Torah, Prophets, Writings. Now, that makes some sense to me.

Furthermore, the so-called 400+ “silent years” between the Old Testament and the New Testament were anything but silent. The Jewish people lived on, valiantly determined and willing to die in order to continue observing the Torah. And I know many Christians think Jewish thought and spirituality died when their alleged savior was executed by the Romans. We’re alive and well, in spite of overwhelming odds. We still have a relationship with the Creator of the Universe, Blessed Be He, and I like to think He’s still paying attention. Read about some of the miracles during the Israeli War of Independence and the other wars Israel was compelled to fight just to survive as a new nation, and you will see the hand of G-d.

We would do well to inform ourselves of the actual chronology of the Biblically recorded events, Israel’s actual history, rather than the fables and urban legends which abound. Justice and peace can’t exist without truth.


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