Historical Critical Interpretation Reveals Christian Distortion of the Old Testament?

Oh, this is just too rich –

Gerd Lüdemann has an op-ed at The Bible and Interpretation website pointing out one of the obvious benefits of the historical critical method. That is, the historical critical method exposed a quite prevalent claim of New Testament and other early Christian writers – that the Old Testament predicted or prophesied or otherwise pointed to Jesus of Nazareth – to be a false claim.

via Historical Critical Interpretation Reveals Christian Distortion of the Old Testament « The Dunedin School.

Have you ever seen such offal? Whew…good thing we have this historical critical method to tell us that everyone for 2000 years got it wrong when they viewed Christ as the Incarnation of many of the ‘prophecies‘ of the Old Testament. Frankly, Gerd might need to do a bit more studying in the ‘mad house’ before he attempts anything else.

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8 Replies to “Historical Critical Interpretation Reveals Christian Distortion of the Old Testament?”

  1. wow. I went and read the original post. This is what happens when we ignore scripture – which tells us that the Old Testament can be read in light of the mystery of Christ, in fact that the Old Testament points to Jesus…..

    What follows is an incomplete list of scripture telling us the Old Testament points to Jesus Christ:

    Matthew 1:22
    All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet

    Matthew 2:4-5
    4When he had called together all the people’s chief priests and teachers of the law, he asked them where the Christ was to be born. 5″In Bethlehem in Judea,” they replied, “for this is what the prophet has written

    Matthew 2:15
    where he stayed until the death of Herod. And so was fulfilled what the Lord had said through the prophet: “Out of Egypt I called my son.”

    Matthew 2:17
    Then what was said through the prophet Jeremiah was fulfilled:

    Matthew 2:23
    and he went and lived in a town called Nazareth. So was fulfilled what was said through the prophets: “He will be called a Nazarene.”

    Matthew 3:3
    This is he who was spoken of through the prophet Isaiah: “A voice of one calling in the desert, ‘Prepare the way for the Lord, make straight paths for him.’ ”

    Matthew 4:14
    to fulfill what was said through the prophet Isaiah:

    Matthew 5:17
    Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them.

    Matthew 8:17
    This was to fulfill what was spoken through the prophet Isaiah: “He took up our infirmities and carried our diseases.”

    Matthew 11:12-14
    12From the days of John the Baptist until now, the kingdom of heaven has been forcefully advancing, and forceful men lay hold of it. 13For all the Prophets and the Law prophesied until John. 14And if you are willing to accept it, he is the Elijah who was to come.

    Matthew 12:17
    This was to fulfill what was spoken through the prophet Isaiah:

    Matthew 13:35
    So was fulfilled what was spoken through the prophet: “I will open my mouth in parables, I will utter things hidden since the creation of the world.”

    Matthew 21:4
    This took place to fulfill what was spoken through the prophet

    Matthew 26:56
    But this has all taken place that the writings of the prophets might be fulfilled.” Then all the disciples deserted him and fled.

    Matthew 27:9
    Then what was spoken by Jeremiah the prophet was fulfilled: “They took the thirty silver coins, the price set on him by the people of Israel,

    Mark 1:2
    It is written in Isaiah the prophet: “I will send my messenger ahead of you, who will prepare your way”

    Luke 18:31
    Jesus took the Twelve aside and told them, “We are going up to Jerusalem, and everything that is written by the prophets about the Son of Man will be fulfilled.

    John 1:44-45
    44Philip, like Andrew and Peter, was from the town of Bethsaida. 45Philip found Nathanael and told him, “We have found the one Moses wrote about in the Law, and about whom the prophets also wrote—Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph.”

    John 5:39
    You diligently study the Scriptures because you think that by them you possess eternal life. These are the Scriptures that testify about me,

    Acts 4:18-26
    18 But this is how God fulfilled what he had foretold through all the prophets, saying that his Christ would suffer. 19 Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord, 20 and that he may send the Christ, who has been appointed for you—even Jesus. 21 He must remain in heaven until the time comes for God to restore everything, as he promised long ago through his holy prophets. 22 For Moses said, ‘The Lord your God will raise up for you a prophet like me from among your own people; you must listen to everything he tells you. 23 Anyone who does not listen to him will be completely cut off from among his people.’ 24 “Indeed, all the prophets from Samuel on, as many as have spoken, have foretold these days. 25 And you are heirs of the prophets and of the covenant God made with your fathers. He said to Abraham, ‘Through your offspring all peoples on earth will be blessed.'[c] 26 When God raised up his servant, he sent him first to you to bless you by turning each of you from your wicked ways.”

    Romans 16:24-28
    25Now to him who is able to establish you by my gospel and the proclamation of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery hidden for long ages past, 26but now revealed and made known through the prophetic writings by the command of the eternal God, so that all nations might believe and obey him— 27to the only wise God be glory forever through Jesus Christ! Amen.

    Galatians 3:16
    The promises were spoken to Abraham and to his seed. The Scripture does not say “and to seeds,” meaning many people, but “and to your seed,” meaning one person, who is Christ.

    1. I have to agree – the one of the points of writing the Gospels was to show just who Jesus was to be seen in light of the Hebrew Scriptures. They built their typology upon the Prophets, whether by divine design or on purpose. It was simply done. As a matter of fact, if you actually believe that Jesus existed, then just by looking at His actions shows you that He did things to mimic (typology) the Old Testament.

      Or, as I like to say, ‘Duh!’

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