The Bible Isn’t a Christian Book
The Bible is a Book About Jews and Their Relationship to God
The Bible isn’t really a Christian book. It’s more so a Jewish book.
Without question the Old Testament of the Bible is Jewish. It’s about Jews, and it’s for Jews. It looks at their faith journey as a people, records their history, and provides the foundation for their beliefs. However, the Old Testament also looks forward to a savior. That savior is Jesus. Many people call his followers Christians. And many use the label Christianity to describe the faith practice that these believers developed.
The New Testament talks about Jesus and the movement his followers started, but it’s still more of a Jewish book then a Christian book. It’s about Jews, and it’s for Jews. Fortunately for us non-Jews, it’s also for Gentiles. Except for Luke, all the writers of the New Testament are Jewish. And remember, Jesus is Jewish. Let that sink in. The New Testament has a Jewish basis, even though it shows how Jesus fulfilled the Old Testament prophecies to create something new.
A Christian Book Too!
Yes, Christians—followers of Jesus—do revere the Bible, as we should. And for most of us that makes it a Christian book, the ultimate Christian book of all time. However, we must not lose sight of the fact that, at its core, the Bible’s foundation is Jewish.
Because of this I have a great affinity for devout Jews. In the spiritual sense, their history is my history. And their hope is my hope. It’s only that I see my hope manifested in the reality of Jesus. I love the Bible for it is the foundation of my faith. Click To Tweet
I love the Bible for it is the foundation of my faith. I love the people in the Bible—who are mostly Jewish—for they are the predecessors of my spiritual practices. The Bible is my faith foundation, even though it’s essentially a Jewish book.
Read and study the Bible for what it is, not for what you want it to be.
Peter DeHaan writes about biblical spirituality, often with a postmodern slant. He seeks a fresh approach to faith and following God through the lens of scripture, without the baggage of made-up traditions and meaningless practices. Read more in his books, blog, and weekly email updates.