5 Things You May Not Know About Jesus and the Bible

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2. The New Testament authors used the same Old Testament texts independently of one another. “But that’s not all,” writes Viola in his book Jesus: A Theography from Thomas Nelson Publishers. “They interpreted them in exactly the same way, often citing the texts in the same order. This fact alone demonstrates that the Second Testament authors shared a common method of interpreting the First Testament. The questions emerge, then: Where did they find this method of interpretation? What was their common source? The answer is that Jesus Himself was the common source. The Gospels tell us that Jesus took His followers through the Scriptures and gave them a divinely inspired method of interpretation by which to understand the First Testament. In turn, the Lord’s original disciples passed this interpretative key to those whom they influenced (this would include people such as Mark, Paul, and Luke). Luke suggested this in his gospel when he rehearsed Jesus’ encounter with two disciples on the road to Emmaus: “Then beginning with Moses and with all the prophets, He explained to them the things concerning Himself in all the Scriptures.”

 

Note the words “all the Scriptures.” This includes the First Testament—Genesis through Malachi. They said to one another, “Were not our hearts burning within us while He was speaking to us on the road, while He was explaining the Scriptures to us?”

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