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?
I was raised in a non-denominational church. I was taught that God’s covenant with the Jews remains to this day. However, I was taught that now, because of Jesus, it is the responsibility of Christians to uphold the covenant with God on behalf of the Jewish community, and to bring the Jewish community back under that covenant. Additionally, I was taught that God’s covenant with Abraham also applied to us as Christians. Within that narrative, I was taught that the Jews were also my brothers and sisters just as Christians were my brothers and sisters. Now working in the Jewish community, I see that covenant brought to life every single day. The state of Israel alone is a miracle, but the technological advances, medicinal advances, education, etc., is blessing the world just as God said the people of Israel would bless the world.