Man in the Old Testament

Man in the Old Testament

Man in the Old Testament

Man in the Old Testament

Excerpt

The question how we are to understand human life is being asked among us to-day with a new intensity. In the tumult of our present existence the human spirit is seeking new and better ways of understanding its place and task in our time. This is only possible if one wrestles with those interpretations of the enigma of man which are among the basic factors of the contemporary spiritual situation. Among these interpretations the Old Testament view of man (of which the Christian view of life sees itself as the fulfilment) demands the special attention of every investigator, even if only on account of the breadth and depth of its influence, on Judaism and Islam as well as on Christianity. The Old Testament view of man is also supremely important for everyone concerned with the question of God, since it offers an interpretation of life which is almost unique in that it proceeds from a constant relation with the will of God as revealed in the Word, and answers the question of man in the light of the redemption it perceives there. At the same time this Old Testament view is tested and confirmed in the whole complex of human relationships, in family, kindred, people, state and the world of nations. The Christian in particular must recognize that he can properly grasp the New Testament view of man, and successfully protect it from misunderstanding, only if he knows the Old Testament interpretation of life.

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