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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?

Patience Tyne

Yes, this is what I was raised to believe, but I did not realize until I was older how unique the views at my church might have been. I was raised in the Reformed denomination; the first church that I grew up attending aligned with the Dutch Reformed tradition but was founded by Christians who had converted from Judaism as adults. There was particular emphasis on Judaism and tradition, e.g., celebrating Passover and Purim. My family moved away when I was around 8yo and we joined a Reformed Episcopal church; it is possible that the church espoused Calvin’s supersessionism and that I was too young to remember things clearly now, but I think it’s unlikely. Both Reformed churches I attended emphasized the Old Testament covenants continuing through the New Testament and that the Jewish people have a special place in God’s plan for history. I did not really know about supersessionism until this course.