Principles Of Judeochristianity Essay

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1. The basic text of Judeochristianity is the Bible as preserved in Jewish and Christian tradition. It consists of two parts: the Hebrew Bible and the New Testament. 2. The Bible is the divinely inspired word transmitted through human understanding over many times and places. The Bible must be understood as a whole, without picking and choosing only those parts that serve one's interests. Nevertheless, the human process of transcription and transmission is fallible. Therefore the Bible cannot always be taken literally, and must be understood within the context of its original time and place. 3. Biblical criticism must be considered and can provide valuable insights concerning the Bible's historical context and the meaning of the text itself. However, it cannot be an exclusive guide since many of its insights rely upon educated speculation. One must struggle with scripture, sifting its eternal truths from their time-bound expressions, and understanding these truths through faith and with the heart. 4. The Hebrew Bible must be understood in its own right and in its original order. It is the story of the discovery of God's intimate relationship with human beings through the history and experience of the Hebrew People. The biblical term for this relationship is "covenant." 5. The New Testament represents the continuation and culmination of Hebrew prophecy. Through Jesus' life and teachings we learn that God's intimate relationship with human beings extends to every individual member of every nation on earth. It was Jesus' prophetic vocation to bring this message to the world. The New Testament extends the Hebrew covenant to all of humanity. 6. Judeochristianity is not a substitute for either Judaism or Christianity. It is a way of seeing both that emphasizes the continuity of these two traditions. As such Judeochristianity makes no commitment to either Jewish or

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