Saturday, December 24, 2005
Carol's Old Testiment Blog???
I am really grateful for my knowledge of the Gospel that helps me understand the OT as well as I do. I'd really be lost if I were trying to read it without the "big picture" view that the B of M and the gospel give me.
Once, when I was much younger and thought I knew it all, my sister was staying with us. She was trying to read the OT and I was both shocked and amazed that someone with such a low reading level would even attempt it. I proudly thought to myself, "Who does she think she is, reading the OT with her 3rd grade reading level? I have college level reading skills and I won't even attempt to read the OT." Then the Spirit gently touched my heart and took me down several notches. "At least she is trying. I'm not reading any scriptures now so even with her low reading level, she's getting more blessings and knowledge than I am."
So, I guess, that even with my limited understanding and appreciation, I will still gain knowledge by trying. Like the joke goes, "What's the biggest room in any house? Room for improvement." I'll try to blog about my attempt to read the OT and maybe, with this blog and my readers encouragement, I will succeed in this daunting task.
So, if you're reading this entry, please post some encouragement for me. I'll try to update at least once a week. It may be more, but not for a while since we are moving in a few days. It's not a far move, but a move up. We're leaving our rented 2 bedroom for a 3 bedroom condo in the next Emirate, Ajman.
My encouragement would be to say that it's okay to skip chapters that involve minute details of the law of Moses (or other very boring parts). Yes, there are excellent commentaries on those chapters and they can be very interesting, but if the goal is to read the OT, skipping some parts isn't unreasonable.
Good luck! I'll keep checking in- and reading along too.
Like Amira, I recommend reading it with a commentary and finding other supplementary books. It will help you understand and appreciate it more.
As a family we started in on the OT after finishing the BOM. I dread Deut and Lev., not to mention the feared Isa. but I've a great book by Ludlow on the subject and Nibley has interesting commentary via lectures on the BoM. If you are able, get the seminary lesson manuals as well as the institute ones. They shed some lovely light on the subject matter.
I have tried 3 times to read the old testament. You have inspired me to try again ;)
My dad brags that he read the whole bible, cover to cover, when he was young.. except for the song of solomon because it was too embarrassing. LOL.