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Handling the Old Testament Faithfully

What the New Testament use of the Old teaches preachers today
Handling the Old Testament Faithfully
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Do the writers of the New Testament tell us how they are using their Bible? That is, are there discrete texts that not only cite Old Testament passages but also describe the hermeneutic underlying those citations? Yes, there are such texts. The number of them is limited, and therefore the task is focused. In this study I will confine myself to thirteen of them, seven from Paul, two from Luke, two from the writer to the Hebrews, one from Peter, and one from James.

1 Timothy 3:16–17

Perhaps the most basic text and therefore most easily overlooked is 1 Timothy 3:16-17. "All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work" (all texts cited are in ESV). This description of the Bible not only documents the source of all of it (God himself) but also details four immediate purposes (teaching, reproof, correction, training in righteousness) ...

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