The question put in this two part article is suggested in the title: can the church do
without the Old Testament? In part I of the article an overview and interpretation
of the history of research regarding this matter were given. The result of this investigation
boils down to two basic answers given: The Old Testament was either totally
rejected or narrowed down to a formula like promise-fulfillment; law-gospel;
continuity-discontinuity. However well intended, to narrow down the Old Testament
to a single formula resulted in viewing the Old Testament only as preliminary,
the Word of God for an interim period only and validated by the New Testament.
In part II it is argued that both the Old and the New Testament should rather be
seen as the complete Word of God where both Testaments stand in need of one another.
Old and New Testament stand in a relationship of a simultaneous similarity
and dissimilarity. This means that the Old Testament has more than a christological
message for members of the church, it has a message of its own that should be
heard from the pulpits and in the pastoral care provided by the church.