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Reply To: In the first lecture, Dr. McDermott teaches that the Bible is one story, and that God upholds his covenant with the Jewish people to this very day. Was this what you were taught growing up? If not, how will this insight change the way you read the bible going forward?

Christina Sturgeon

I attended Presbyterian, Episcopal, and Anglican churches growing up but don’t recall a sermon or study that emphasized the covenant God has with the Jews. What mattered to us was the “New” Covenant and converting others to Christianity so they can experience the “full story of redemption.” When I first visited Israel in 2017, some of my other classmates were particularly interested in the land itself for, what seemed like, greater spiritual reasons than I did. In hindsight, they did given their understanding of the covenant God has and is keeping with the Jewish people. Due to the lack of discussion in my past about the Jews/their covenant with God, I have had an unquenchable desire to understand the Jewish faith and practices. When I read the Old Testament, I like reading commentary from Rabbis so my understanding is all the more rich.