How should Christians read the Old Testament?

Old TestamentMost church-goers know the Old Testament stories that they were taught in Sunday School, but many don’t understand or are unaware of the significance of these accounts for the church today.  Some Christians have gone to the extreme of rejecting the Old Testament (OT) because of its “Jewishness” and exclusively focus on the “Christian” New Testament.   Others may theologically subscribe to the OT as authoritative Scripture, but in reality never preach from or hear sermons from the OT. 

A danger that evangelicals trained in Biblical Theology face is that we are tempted downplay the ethical teaching value of the OT accounts in their own terms, in favour of a more progressive revelatory/ typological approach that always finds the only meaning of an OT passage as it is fulfilled in Christ. 

Paul demonstrates to us in 1 Corinthians that reading the OT typologically with its fulfilment in Christ and reading the OT more in its own terms looking for moral/ ethical/ behavioural lessons are both equally valid ways of reading scripture.