Essay about The Progression From Old Testament

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The progression from Old Testament to New Testament and onto the Quran charts a transformation of the relationship between God and his subjects. This evolution can be observed in the religions and societies founded upon these texts. Among a plethora of similarities, one key distinction is how these texts approach justice. The Old Testament focuses on God’s word as law, offering room for free will but promising consequences for disobedience. The New Testament proposes inference into God’s intentions, emphasizing the internalization of the Word as the path to righteousness. The Quran exists as a hybrid between these two strategies. Derived from the two previous texts, it provides a compound analysis of Judaic and Christian values. It proposes reasoning for its commandments, alleviating the need to personally interpret the texts. In some sense, it comes full circle, mirroring the New Testament’s emphasis on internalization and the Old Testament’s motif of God’s word being law, verbatim. These differences have tangible effects on each text’s design of a “just society.” The Old Testament places a great deal of importance on righteousness. The predominant message was to follow the word of God because he is the embodiment of righteousness, transitively making followers righteous. Enormous value wasn’t given to a higher purpose behind God’s word, only the expectation that everyone would follow His direction. The Old Testament’s “just society” is therefore more attributed to blind…

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