Re: Hebrew Bible, etc.
>On the other hand, there is (in North America at least) an inherent,
> In a message dated 95-11-30 12:20:55 EST, PFlesher@... (Paul V. M.
> Flesher) writes:
> >I disagree with Prof. Deist that the term "First Testament" shows respect
> >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.
> I agree. It can be understood as supercessionist, the second being an
> improvement on the first.
connotative bias toward understanding "first" in terms of primacy of
place or quality as opposed to "second," "e.g., "first class,"
"second-hand," "first things" - when was the last time you heard a
second-place-finisher referred to as a "winner"? Think Buffalo Bills!
:-) which may offset, at least in part, a supercessionist
understanding of "First Testament."
Felix Sung Wycliffe College
fsung@... Toronto School of Theology
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