Concordia Theological Monthly

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abraham, promise, Yahweh, blessing, curse, genesis, faith, grace, cain, isaac, election

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Bible Study; Lecture; Sermon Prep


"How were the people in the Old Testament saved?" That question is raised by students of the Scriptures in many contexts. The wary teacher usually responds by asking for a definition of the word "saved." A related question is posed this way: ''What is the nature of the gospel in the Old Testament?" Such queries open the door to a flood of concerns about the relationship between the Testaments. That flood will not abate in the wake of this brief article. The ravens and doves of biblical theology will hardly be satisfied with anything less than a preservation of past formulations on the one hand or a new theological creation on the other.


Religious Thought, Theology and Philosophy of Religion

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Genesis 12:1-3; Genesis 18:18; Genesis 22:18; Genesis 26:14; Genesis 3:17; Genesis 15:6; Genesis 4:11; Genesis 11:4; Genesis 6:7; Genesis 8:21; Genesis 12:6; Genesis 9:25;

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Laity; Ministers; Scholars