We know that, in the New Testament era, salvation comes by grace through faith in Jesus Christ. Jesus is the way but, before Christ, what was the way? We definitely can't say the Jews were saved by the law. I usually go about arguing the position looking at Paul's quote of Habakkuk in Galatians: Gal 3:11 "Now it is evident that no one is justified before God by the law, for “The righteous shall live by faith.” Hab 2:4 “Behold, his soul is puffed up; it is not upright within him, but the righteous shall live by his faith." Along with Romans and Genesis with respect to Abraham's salvation: Rom 4:22 "And therefore it was imputed to him for righteousness." Gen 15:6 "And he believed in the LORD; and He counted it to him for righteousness." So it seems simple to me. God is the God of Abraham, Issac, and Jacob. He's not the God of the dead, but the living. (Mark 12:27) They are not dead, but alive in Christ.We have inspired books by Solomon, Ruth, Joshua, etc. It seems pretty simple to me that these people were also saved, not due to works of their own, but by faith in the Godhead. My question is, therefore: Is this defense lacking? Is it a faulty argument? Doesn't a person HAVE to put their faith in the Christ, Jesus. Doesn't a person have to know Him, and have a relationship with Him, to be saved? Should the original argument I've shown up top be enough to fully convince a person of how God accomplishes the salvation of His people? Are they saved based simply on having faith in the promised "Seed" of Eve as the coming Messiah WITHOUT having to actually know who He would turn out to be and what He would teach about Himself and His Divinity? Or has my logic contradicted itself in some way? Any answers, questions, comments, and concerns would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!