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Heaven and the Old Testament

#1darkmaian23Posted 3/5/2013 8:09:29 PM
In the New Testament, we get all kinds of stuff about salvation and eternal life. Aside from a passing mention here and there, is there anything like that in the Old Testament? I've read the entire Bible before but I can't bring myself to go through it again.
#2bsballa09Posted 3/5/2013 8:34:45 PM
Heaven is mentioned very little in the Tanakh. The reason being is that G-d wants you to do good deeds for the sake of being good, and not expect to be rewarded for it.
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#3bratt100Posted 3/5/2013 9:00:08 PM
bsballa09 posted...
Heaven is mentioned very little in the Tanakh. The reason being is that G-d wants you to do good deeds for the sake of being good, and not expect to be rewarded for it.


^ don't listen to this guy. We all know the only way to salvation is to gain vast amounts of wealth and fame only to have a "presto-chango deathbed repentance"

It's the only way guys.
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#4DoGCyNPosted 3/6/2013 9:47:55 AM
darkmaian23 posted...
In the New Testament, we get all kinds of stuff about salvation and eternal life. Aside from a passing mention here and there, is there anything like that in the Old Testament? I've read the entire Bible before but I can't bring myself to go through it again.


In regards to actual verses about heaven, Isaiah is a good place to check. There isn't a whole lot of talk about heaven itself anywhere in the Bible though. We only have metaphors and such to look at (i.e. "...he will wipe all tears from our eyes...").

In regards to salvation, which grants us heaven...the OT's salvation was strictly in relation to the Jews at this point in time and it all forward-points to the coming Messiah. Likewise, the NT "backward-points" to the Messiah that has come. In either case, salvation is only available through Jesus. Hope that makes sense.
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#5bsballa09Posted 3/6/2013 12:13:56 PM
In regards to salvation, which grants us heaven...the OT's salvation was strictly in relation to the Jews at this point in time

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Noahide_laws
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#6JonWood007Posted 3/6/2013 10:57:03 PM
Not really. Heaven was more God's domain in the OT, very rarely accessed by people (I'm guessing people like Enoch and Elijah got into heaven since they ascended....other than that..).

The afterlife did not become a fleshed out concept until new testament times.
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#7DoGCyNPosted 3/7/2013 9:41:13 AM
bsballa09 posted...
In regards to salvation, which grants us heaven...the OT's salvation was strictly in relation to the Jews at this point in time

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Noahide_laws


Interesting. Will check it out later.
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