Hey all. I was raised Christian but am now basically agnostic. I realized recently I don’t know tons about Judaism…and I kind of think the situation is interesting. You’ve got Christians purporting to explain what the Jewish texts “actually” mean…that must be frustrating eh? I thought it would be interesting to look at what Jewish people actually say about the Hebrew Bible, ya know, since it’s *their* text.
But that’s not the point of my post. I see that Jewish people mostly refer to the Torah – the first five books. What about the rest of the Hebrew Bible (what Christians would call the Old Testament)? Are books after Deuteronomy not as “important” for Jews? I guess they don’t really give rules for daily life as much, so that could be part of it. Why do Jewish people seem to put the most emphasis on the Torah, not the entire Hebrew Bible?
On a related note, why is the Masoretic Text preferred over the Septuagint? Hopefully my post didn’t come off offensive or anything, I’m just genuinely curious. Thanks!