Valuing the Hebrew Scriptures

Rodney Schofield

In the second of a short series on the Old Testament, this article explores how it may be considered a vehicle of divine truth. Rodney Schofield, a priest of Plymouth diocese, serves Ashford parish.

Christian concerns
The only scriptures known to the first generation of Christians were those inherited from Jewish tradition. Their task was to discover their ?true? meaning, which had been ?veiled? until now. There were many obscurities, but they approached the task with the same assumptions as the Jewish scribes:

???? The biblia ? the books or scrolls ? mean far more than is apparent on the surface. Whereas in secular writing truths are usually communicated in plain words, a divine communication has hidden depths. Thus, in 2 Peter there is a comment about Paul?s letters:

There are some things hard to understand, which the ignorant and unstable twist to their own destruction, as they do the other scriptures. [2 Pet 3.16]

This is, however, not a criticism, but an appreciation of their spiritual value. If there were no difficulties, it might be a sign of superficiality!

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