What many call The Old Testament, some call “The Hebrew Bible.” This isn’t because it’s written solely for Israel; it was written for all. “The Hebrew Bible” is simply more a accurate description in that the language of the original and inspired words were written down in Hebrew.
Likewise, “The New Testament” is more accurately described as, “The Greek Bible” for the same reason. (Yes, a sliver of it was in Aramaic.) Referring to them by their native languages is not an attempt to separate them in any way other than by language. “The Greek Bible” does, however, separate that part of the canon from the topic known as The New Covenant. People who attempt to rightly divide the Word – scholars far more Godly and wise than I’ll ever be – do not see The New Covenant as having anything to do with the Body of Christ today. To say that it does brings unnecessary problems into our theology.
“But God Was So Mean in the Old Testament!”
Was God mean in the Hebrew Bible? Some lukewarm Christians act as though they’re embarrassed for him and think that He was mean. Why? What evidence is there of that? Perhaps the fact that far more billions of people go to hell in the Greek Bible (“The New Testament”) is a good reason not to make such a vapid remark ever again that “God was mean in the Hebrew Bible (Old Testament).”
Note: He wasn’t mean in the Greek Bible either.
But if the Hebrew Bible was in Hebrew, then maybe it’s not something we should concern ourselves with today.
Yeah, well, perhaps but no, not perhaps. Here are ten extremely good reasons why The Hebrew Bible should be a major part of your constant study to know more about God at the link below: