AN EXAMINATION OF SELECTED OLD TESTAMENT PRACTICES AND ITS RELEVANCE TO THE MODERN CHURCH

Mercy Uwaezuoke Chukwuedo, Anenechukwu Chidinyerem Ede

Abstract


It  has  been  observed  that  some  Christians  look  at  some  parts  of  the  Old  Testament  as morally  offensive,  primitive,  and  cruel  such  as  Songs  of  Songs,  Israel’s slaughter of the Canaanites  and  the  wide  prescription  of  capital  punishment  in  the  Law  of  Moses.  To others, the Old Testament is considered irrelevant to the present day Church. This paper, through  a  hermeneutical  approach  examines  the  relevance  of  theOld  Testament  to  the present day Church and opines that failure to study the Old Testament puts confusion to the  understanding  of  the  New  Testament  and  affects  the  evangelical  theology.  The examination of scholars’ opinion shows that the Old Testament is the  foundation  on which the New Testament is built. Invariably, the Christian Church will be standing on a shaky foundation if the Old Testament is to be expunged from the Christian faith.

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