The belief in a life after death is not present in much of the Old Testament. Eventually, the celebration of the joy of being alive continues in the faith of the resurrection of the body.
Category: Inside The Holy Book
Evil in the Bible is represented by violence and immorality. Sometimes evil is described and condemned. Sometimes it is simply described but not approved. However, evil can be so much more.
The Ark, the Tabernacle, and the Temple are the symbols of Yahweh’s presence among His people. In the fullness of time, Jesus’ humanity is the real Throne of God’s Presence.
The Law is the content of the covenant between God and the Jewish People: the Torah. It is the object of meditation, prayer, love, and contemplation. In the New Testament, Jesus is the New Law.
The contribution of the Old Testament to our concept of God is immense. In this sense we belong to the Jewish religious tradition. In the Bible, God is good because He created everything good and wants us to be good like He is.
The time period covered by the accounts of the Bible is only about two thousand years and the place where all this happened is the tiny nation of Palestine, and yet, nothing is more important for the whole world.
The official, public reading of the Bible is during the Liturgy, the worship of God’s people, the Church. However, its private reading happens in countless forms and fashions.
The writing of the Bible is a fascinating adventure. The original language of the Old Testament is Hebrew, and the New Testament is Greek. Since the beginning, the writing was done by hand. In the 15th century, the invention of the printing press radically changed the scenario.
The official list of the books of the Bible is called Canon which means: rule, measure. The books included in the Canon are called canonical. The Canon has a story worth knowing.
The first step in the existence of the New Testament is the experience of Jesus by the Apostles. The proclamation follows according to Jesus’ command. In the end comes the writing. This is the pattern of the tradition which starts with Moses.