What's the Most-Important 'Book of the Old Testament' to You?
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
January 13, 2013 3:10pm CST
I've mentioned before that Rabbi Schneider (Discovering the Jewish Jesus) said that the 'Song of Songs' ("Song of Solomon," "Song of Canticles") is the most-important book of the Old Testament, as it tells us (His Church) how much Jesus loves us. I might disagree. While Jesus does love us enough to WISH we-&-He could be wrapped in each other's arms for all eternity, that's not where He NEEDS us (or else that's where we WOULD be). But no, I think He needs us to be right where we are---doing the best we can to be the best we can be. Like Job (JOEb). & Job shows us how to endure to the end of our punishment in order to live for the Kingdom of G*d. So what's YOUR most-pertinent book in the Old Testament?
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16 Jan 13
There are several beautiful books in the Old Testament, but I mostly love Proverbs. It might be written hundreds of years ago, but the advices we recieve from it are still practical and intelligent, maybe nowadays even more than the epoch it was written. If all people read and practice those advices, I think life would be more beautifull. I try to read at least one chapter daily of Proverbs and to think how could I apply it in my life. What do you think about this book?
• United States
13 Jan 13
I guess it would have to be Genesis. I have a book written by Prof. Leon Kass who teaches at the University of Chicago. He is an agnostic, or was until teaching Genesis as Philosophy. He is a secular Jew and a medical doctor as well. The book is called The Beginning of Wisdom. This book opened up all kinds of things out of the book of Genesis for me, and I was especially intrigued that over the years teaching Genesis as philosophy to college kids, he came to believe and understand that God indeed interacts with His creation and began looking into his religious heritage as a Jew. I highly recommend his book as it will show you a different perspective on the Book of Genesis.
• United States
13 Jan 13
Hi Mythociate. I don't think any book of the bible is more important then another. For if we read the bible it is history a love story and how we should live our lives here on this earth. More importantly the whole book of the bible tells us how to please God and if we please God we will all be where HE is. Ezekiel after book 40 tells us how it will be before Christ returns to reclaim HIS kingdom. Job also tells us not to listen to idots that don't know what they are talking about. Deuteronomy tells us what to do with the people that rape people. Numbers tells us what to do with those that premeditate murder and kill someone. Then Hosea tells us that all God wants from us is our love. 1st Corinthians tells us that Christ became our pass over. Luke tells us of the coming of the Christ child. Psalms tells us of how King David was in the book of Samuel. And Revelations tells us of what is to come before Christ returns. If you want to learn how important that the whole bible is go listen to this man he can teach you a lot that we were never taught. http://www.shepherdschapel.com/index.htm
• United States
3 Feb 13
The TANAKH which is the book in which the "Song of Solomon" is written has no "most important book". Nor, does it make any reference to the christ figure or mohammud. The TANAKH is the story of the Jewish people and their struggle with the concept of monotheism. The predictions of the prophets about a Messiah only refer to a HUMAN king who will reign over the earth not the imaginary "heavens". Information is a wonderful thing...
• Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
5 Feb 13
A Gospel-book (The Gospel of John, I think) tells us that Jesus WAS in the beginning, that there was nothing without Him, that 'everything there ever was' was with Him, and without Him there was nothing (I probably covered that in saying 'there was nothing without Him,' but ... jus` makin` sure ) The TANAKH is only PART of Scripture, I'm asking about the Old Testament WITH RESPECT FOR THE WHOLE THING. It's like I'm asking 'What's the most important part of the lower half of Da Vinci's "The Last Supper"?'
• Croatia (Hrvatska)
19 Jan 13
All the books of the Old Testament have some importance. I choose first book, because of the creation. The second one was important because of the Ten Commandments. Prophets like Daniel and Isaiah reveal to us a Messiah. But the other books are hiding their secrets, too.
• Eugene, Oregon
16 Jan 13
All the books of the Bible are equal to me, and I don't favor one over the other. The Bible is the Word of God from Genesis to Revelation. I am on a reading program to read the Bible through in one year, and I am on my third year going through it. My bible has a special reading system, where I read certain verses every day. Some from the Old Testament, and some from the New Testament. I find that when I start my day, reading the Bible, my day seems to go better, and I feel closer to God as well. Take care, and may God bless you always.