Guest wrote:From a Jewish perspective there is no 'Old' Testament as there is no 'new' one. Is there not a better, value-neutral way of expressing this?
Well, there is nothing inherently offensive about the term "old testament," and many Jews in fact use this term to refer to the Jewish Bible. Moreover, the Apostle Paul clearly speaks of "brit chadasha" (New Testament or Covenant) as opposed to "brit yashana: (Old Covenant) - see 2 Cor. 3:6,14). I don't see why we should attempt to conceal such distinctions, especially in light of the Messiah's doctrine that he alone is the way, the truth, and the life, and that no one can approach the Heavenly Father apart from him (John 14:6).
Finally, let me say that I think "Jewish Scriptures" is a good term for both
old and new covenant "books." After all, the New Testament is every bit as Jewish as is the Torah, so it is fitting to regard it as Jewish literature, just as the Torah is so regarded.