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?
This was not something I learned growing up. Unfortunately, when there was a teaching in the Old Testament, it seemed way more of a replacement theology than anything. I only learned more about Israel and the Jews after a visit to the holocaust museum in DC – and going there made a big question appear. Why the Jews? That made me want to learn more and then I discovered that they are still really important and deeply loved by God. Sadly, I learned we as a church had a part in that, and that really chocked me. This knowledge made me change the way I read the Old Testament and the scriptures as a whole. It impacted my worldview as a Christian and follower of Christ. I want to bring awareness, I pray that in our generation the church grow in love for the Jewish people.