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For many people the Old Testament (or Hebrew Bible) feels like a tough nut to crack. Even for Christians and Jews who view it as sacred text, some of the content is puzzling or overwhelming. For those who do not believe the Old Testament is inspired by God, the stories might seem archaic and completely irrelevant for today. Sometimes it’s easier to set it aside, chalk it up to mystery, and move on.
But, studying the Old Testament has significant implications socially, culturally, politically, and spiritually. Here are a few reasons I believe everyone, religious or not, can benefit from studying Old Testament. Continue reading