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date: 18 April 2019

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Modern theology tends to avoid finding Christ in the Old Testament because it fears that doing so would force a Christian ‘interpretation’ on the Bible of the Jews, and anti-modern, eschewing modern historical criticism. One way around this which Christians have attempted is to treat the Christian understanding of the Old Testament as the forerunner to the New as ‘one way of interpreting’ the Bible. But the Christology of the Old Testament is not just an interpretation. Christ is really, ontologically present in the Old Testament. This claim is absolutely basic to the New Testament and thus to Christianity. The Christ of the New Testament is the one who fulfils the Scriptures, the one who himself speaks in the Old Testament. Before being incarnate as man Christ is incarnate in the language of the Hebrew Bible, present in the language of the Old Testament as the Word of God.

Keywords: Old Testament, interpretation, language, theology, New Testament, Christology, Scripture

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