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“Out of 66 books of the Bible, chapter upon chapter describes Jewish history, yet only mere pages recount the resurrection and ascension of Christ. Why?”
There are several aspects to answer to this question. The first has to do with the literature itself. The New Testament is short because it covers less than 100 years. It had only 8-10 authors.
The Old Testament is long because it covers well over 1,000 years and involves 30-plus authors. They had lots of time to write, reflecting on the history of Israel in all of her glory and grittiness.
The second has to do with the way early Christians viewed the Old Testament. It was the Scripture used extensively by Jesus and those who followed Him.
When they referred to “the Scripture” they were talking about the Old Testament.
It was their point of reference for making sense of New Testament events. Old Testament customs and characters are often referred to in the New Testament (e.g., The Fall, the flood, Abraham, Jonah, sacrifices, feasts, etc.) They found continuity between Old and New Testament: many themes of the faith are shared by both.
The New Testament writers saw in Jesus the fulfillment of the Old Testament expectation of the Messiah (Lk. 24:27; Acts 8:35; Rom. 1:1-6; Heb. 1:1).
The Old Testament lays the foundation, pointing toward His coming. The New Testament, recounting events of His teachings, His death and resurrection, builds on that foundation.