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In the Old Testament, we read about the forefathers of our Lord Jesus Christ. This part of the Bible explains how God the Father promised to the chosen people of Israel to send His Only-begotten Son to earth for man’s salvation. In the New Testament, we learn of the events that occurred after the Incarnation: Our Lord’s life on earth, His Passion, His Resurrection and the history of the Church. We can’t read one Testament without the other; we need both of them to understand God’s plan for the salvation of humankind.
In this page, we are offering resources for teaching nine Old Testament stories, with a focus on uncovering secret connections to the New Testament. As explained by the Fathers of the Church, these hidden Old Testament connections directly point to the appearance of the Theotokos and to the Birth of Christ.
The connections between the two Testaments form a recurring theme in the liturgical life of the Orthodox Church, as they are encountered in various readings (especially at the Orthros and Vespers), icons (such as the icons of the Old Testament prophets and variations of the Root of Jesse icon type), as well as in hymns (such as the Canons and the Akathist Hymn to the Theotokos). This theme also has a prominent place in the Nativity season, and it is especially celebrated on the Sunday preceding the Nativity of Christ, the Sunday of the Holy Forefathers.