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I recently heard a radio talk show host suggest we should have a Bible with 43 books in the Old Testament and 23 books in the New Testament. This would involve moving the four Gospels to the OT.

The reasoning is based on Hebrews 9:15-17. That chapter states, “And for this cause he(Christ) is the mediator of the new testament, that by means of death, for the redemption of the transgressions that were under the first testament, they which are called might receive the promise of eternal inheritance. For where a testament is, there must also of necessity be the death of the testator. For a testament is of force after men are dead: otherwise it is of no strength at all while the testator liveth.

While Jesus was living and preaching, the Old Covenant was in effect. The New Covenant did not take effect until after he died. Jesus was living under the law as were those he was speaking to. After his death burial and resurection, there was a period of time of transition. At Pentecost, when the promised Comforter came, the Church was formed. Since the begining of Acts tells of the begining of the Church and the Church Age, that is a logical starting point for the New Testament.

What do you think of this idea?


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