Against a Christo-centric reading of the Old Testament?

Rodney, poorly, writes,

This approach, I believe, gives me suffice reason to avoid so called “Christo-centric” readings of the “Old” Testament, where everything is allegory while the history of the Jewish people is superseded.

Oh, look… Rodney get a little Joelitis…

Anyway, his post makes a point, that a purely Christo-centric reading of the Old Testament is a poor one, dismissing the actual Scriptures themselves in favor of what they think the appendix is about. While Christians should follow the example of Matthew, Paul, the author of Hebrews, and John Mark who is the author of Revelation, in their placement of Christ in relation to the Old Testament. It is about the grand narrative, in my opinion, but like any good narrative, sometimes, not every story or passage is completed by the end of the book.

So, I guess my scriptural theology here is to first read the Old Testament as Jewish Scriptures. Then to read them in light of Christ who incarnated them through his life (like Matthew suggests). Anyway… there you go.

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6 Replies to “Against a Christo-centric reading of the Old Testament?”

  1. I have to side with Rodney Stark on this one, the OT has much to say and it bothers me a little when some of my coreligious feel the need to interpret it as basically a big arrow to their own faith rather than appreciate it on it’s own terms. I do however like the Christocentric reading in the sense that it gives the Bible a “grand unifying narrative” but if we were to search for overarching themes, I think it should be done in a more sophisticated manner. Lawrence Boadt, in my opinion, did this in a wonderful way in his “Reading the Old Testament” and I think we can build on that if we try hard enough.

  2. I read it as pointing to a mystery – the fact I know what that mystery is should be irrelevant. It’s one of the problems I have found with the “Bible Speaks Today” commentary series, they are generally good and give you a nice overview of the content of a book, but they often try toooooooo hard to connect everything to the Cross. They could have spent that energy on the content itself.

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