The Place and Function of Torah in The Hebrew and Christian Canon


Read below and answer questions that follows;

Now that we have taken a brief look at a narrative approach to Scripture and discussed the continuing authority of the Hebrew Canon in the life of the Christian, we turn our attention to the function of this collection of scrolls within the community of Israel. By looking at the way the “books” of the Hebrew Canon were grouped and the purpose of their grouping, we will be able to glean the impact this canon should continue to have in the life of the community of believers today.

In this unit, we will take a look at the three divisions of the Hebrew Canon – the Torah, the Prophets and the Writings. Through the notes and assigned reading, you will discover the intentional method of discipleship employed by the Hebrew community. For the Jew, the Canon was more than simply a listing of books – it was a way of telling a story, THE story. This pedagogical narrative instilled each succeeding generation with identity and purpose. It gave an anchor for them in the story of their ancestors, leaving room for Yahweh to speak something new, and allowed each new generation to explore faith in its ever-changing context.

If this grouping of the “Old Testament” become more prominent in our churches today, the Jewish understanding would allow what is often viewed as an ancient and irrelevant text to find new meaning and application for young adults who are searching for answers to questions such as “Who am I?”, “What is the meaning of life?”, and “What’s the point of it all?” These are questions which Yahweh invites in the Hebrew Canon, answering each one with stories of His relationship with humanity, and with the firm and comforting assurance: “I Am Who I Am!” (Exodus 3:14).

So let’s go to the text and ask the questions and allow the Spirit-breathed word to teach us all things (John 14:26).
2.1 Text/Media
Textbook: The Creative Word: Canon as a Model for Biblical Education
Textbook: Interpreting Biblical Texts: The Pentateuch

Read The Creative Word: Canon as a Model for Biblical Education, Chapters 1 & 2.
Recommended Reading: Interpreting Biblical Texts: The Pentateuch, Chapters 1 & 2.
2.2 Threaded Discussion: The Place and Function of Torah in The Hebrew and Christian Canon

In the threaded discussion you will present ideas for holistic Christian discipleship in a contemporary church context based upon the suggested pedagogical paradigm presented in the TaNaK. Make your suggestions group specific (i.e. one or more of the following: early childhood, elementary, middle school, high school, college, single adult, married adults, etc.).

For your initial post of at least 100 words, consider the following questions:
a. How do we establish a holistic foundation for the community of faith?
b. How do we evoke holistic growth in the community of faith?
c. How do we encourage the community of faith to explore life (socially, culturally, academically, recreationally, etc.) and remain faithful to our God?

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