Please tell me more about the Old Testament.
Where should we start reading? Genesis? Why?
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Why do we start in Genesis? It is because in Genesis that the foundation is laid for every major doctrine taught in the Bible. The very first covenant is found in Genesis 3:15. Jesus talks about Noah's day being similar to the way things would be when he returns to the earth. God's promises to Abraham are the foundation of our relationship to God through the Lord Jesus Christ - see Galatians 3:27-29; and Matthew 1:1. The story of Abraham and Melchizedek perfectly illustrates the priesthood of Jesus and the life of Joseph parallels the experience of Jesus from his ministry, and death to his resurrection and mediatorship at the right hand of God. The story of Abraham offering Isaac is the perfect model of Christ's sacrifice. These are just the high-level incidents that are so important to us and to our understanding of the Bible. There is much, much more. That's why we study Genesis first. If you don't you will not be able to understand the New Testament at all.
I hope you have found this helpful.