Re: Hebrew Bible, etc.
- In a message dated 95-11-30 12:20:55 EST, PFlesher@... (Paul V. M.
>I disagree with Prof. Deist that the term "First Testament" shows respectI agree. It can be understood as supercessionist, the second being an
>for the Jewish character of the Hebrew Bible. To say "First" is to imply
>that there is a "second," which those who use the term (primarily
>Christians) obviously think is the New Testament. So the term "First
>Testament" is simply another Christian term that ends being parochial with
>regard to Judaism.
improvement on the first.
>Personally, I think that there is no good single term. Instead, "When inThat's why I prefer the term Tanakh. The term is of Jewish origin, and as
>Rome one should do as the Romans do."
an acronym it embraces the literature we're talking about: the torah, the
prophets and the writings.
As for Tobit, Wisdom, etc., caling this group the Apocrypha doesn't bother
me. The Duetero-canonical and Intertestamental have particular positions in
mind, I think.
And when it comes to the NT, I think New Testament should be ok. Jewish
scholars understand that we Christians have a New Testament. I think it may
be acting *hypersensitively* to change it. ( I may be wrong).
I've had a tough time coming up with good working alternatives to NT, too.
To call it the Greek Scriptures (as opposed to calling the OT 'the Hebrew
Scriptures') really confuses me, because when I think Greek Scriptures, I
think of the LXX as well.
I've heard 'Christian writings' for the NT, but then again, the Tanakh is
Then there's the 'apostolic writings', and that's not bad, but when I hear
I think of the apostolic fathers. And not all the writers were apostles.
So, when in inter-faith settings, (such as TC-list) I'd recommend Tanakh
the OT and New Testament for the NT. And I wouldn't make it a law, just a
matter of voluntary ettiquette.
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