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What are the Old Testament Scriptures?

The Old Testament is a Christian term for the treasured sacred writings of ancient Israel. Written over time, the Old Testament consists of sections of the Law, the Prophets, and the Writings, where were handed down through oral tradition until they were formally assembled in an official written canon from 430BC through 100BC. These transcriptions were in Hebrew with the books of Tobias and Judith thought to have been originally written in Aramaic. 

At about the same time, other sacred works were formally composed in Greek and were favored by the Hellenistic Jews due to their more mystical, expansive teachings. In the very early years of the Church, after the dispersion of the Jews, many of whom of necessity learned the Greek language, about seventy scholars, or Septuagent, translated the Hebrew Bible into Greek. The union of the Hebrew and Hellenistic compositions created a powerful new perspective of Christian law and Spirit. 

Jesus lived in the time of the Old Testament Scripture and frequently referred to Old Testament writings and prophesies in reference to His identity, mission, and ministry. The Old Testament holds a treasure of revelation that is reflected in the New Testament and prefigures and precedes the New Testament Scripture in The Rosary for World Peace. 

The Holy Bible: Douay Rheims Version

Old Testament

Books

  • Daniel
  • Osee (Hosea) 
  • Joel 
  • Amos 
  • Abdias (Obadiah)
  • Jonas (Jonah)
  • Micheas (Micah)
  • Nahum
  • Habacuc (Habakuk)
  • Sophonias (Zephaniah)
  • Aggeus (Haggai)
  • Zacharias (Zachariah)
  • Malachias 1 
  • Machabees 2 
  • Machabees

These are the Words, which I spoke to you, while I was yet with you, that All Things must needs be fulfilled, which are written in the Law of Moses, and in the Prophets, and in the Psalms concerning Me.


The Sorrowful Mysteries:
The Scourging at the Pillar

Duet—Mary and Pharisee Nicodemus

Pharisee Nicodemus
Weeping she hath wept in the Night,
her tears were on her cheeks:
There is None to Comfort her.
(La 1:2)

Mary
Lord, when wilt Thou Look Upon me?
Rescue Thou My Soul from their Malice:
My Only One from The Lions.
(Ps 34:17)