Introduction to the Old Testament
The Old Testament is an account of God’s dealings with his covenant people from the time of the Creation to a few hundred years before the Savior’s birth. The Old Testament provides powerful examples of faith and obedience. It also shows the consequences of forgetting, disobeying, or opposing God. Its prophecies bear witness of the Messiah’s birth, redeeming sacrifice, second coming, and millennial reign.
Past Sunday School manuals have devoted entire units to what is covered here in two sentences. In 1944, the Gospel Doctrine course “Feed My Sheep” based on the Old Testament reserved an introduction and five lessons to explaining this background statement. Some extracts:
The study material for this year is the Old Testament. It is not the intention to spend much time with the technical details and controversial questions of Old Testament history and theory, but rather to bring out the moral and religious implications of the Old Testament teachings for our own times. For, after all, the fundamental principles taught by the outstanding old Testament characters are timeless in their application. They can, if we allow them to be, of great help in the solution of our present-day religious and social problems.