During this semester at college I have been studying only one subject, that being the Minor Prophets. During the semester I have been stretched, been involved and truly enjoyed the subject.
My thinking has gone on many tangents over the last 8 weeks or so and one of those tangents is that this / next year I will read through the OT testament in the order of the Jewish Canon.
There are some interesting titbits of information that I have picked up this semester which has really piqued my interest.
- Why have they placed the book of Ruth towards the end, when Ruth is the story of King David’s great grandmother?
- I had a Ah-ha moment regarding the genealogies in the New Testament Gospels. For in the Jewish Bible they place the book’s of Chronicles at the end. Therefore it makes total sense for the New Testament Narratives to begin with the genealogies in the same way the OT narratives do.
I have appreciated this semesters study of the 12, for it has taught me to read the 12 as a whole book as was the Jewish tradition. In doing so many of the various themes have fallen into place. Particularly the concern about social justice within a community of faith. For one cannot claim to have faith if their actions do not have an outworking of social / communitive concern….. Seems the Apostle James says something about this also!