International Journal of Humanities and Social Science

ISSN 2220-8488 (Print), 2221-0989 (Online) 10.30845/ijhss

Senior Years: Old and New Testament
Elias L. Taylor

Abstract
Longevity in the Old Testament is a positive attribute and patriarchal seniority is a blessing. The Israelites were taught to respect their elders for their wisdom and experience. However, the Gospels of the New Testament present a radical position. Jesus dismisses seniority or age distinctions. He asserts that those who will have everlasting life, respect, and honor are those who will experience a change of heart. The Epistles in the New Testament present a modified position in which the Mosaic Law is reinstated but in a compatible manner with Jesus’ message. Content analysis of Biblical references, King James Version and the Greek text, make evident these differences in the context of the existing social organizational structure that influences the ideological value system of the times.

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Senior Years: Old and New Testament
Elias L. Taylor
Abstract
Longevity in the Old Testament is a positive attribute and patriarchal seniority is a blessing. The Israelites were taught to respect their elders for their wisdom and experience. However, the Gospels of the New Testament present a radical position. Jesus dismisses seniority or age distinctions. He asserts that those who will have everlasting life, respect, and honor are those who will experience a change of heart. The Epistles in the New Testament present a modified position in which the Mosaic Law is reinstated but in a compatible manner with Jesus’ message. Content analysis of Biblical references, King James Version and the Greek text, make evident these differences in the context of the existing social organizational structure that influences the ideological value system of the times.

Full Text: PDF