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The seat of sin and the limbs of Torah

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This chapter focuses on passage from Romans 7, where the apostle speaks of "two Torahs", the true spiritual one and another, represented by the sinful limbs of the human body. Paul, however, is in no way the only New Testament author interested in identifying the locus of sin, hence complementing evidence is taken into consideration. Since emphasis on the intention of the heart, and not only on deeds, as transmitted by the Synoptic Gospels is considered to be an outstanding feature of Jesus' preaching, it comes as no surprise that the heart is sometimes presented in the Synoptics as the true source of transgressions. In the Sermon on the Mount and elsewhere, the attention paid to what goes on in man's inner self and the emphasis on love as the central imperative of God's Torah point in the same direction.

Keywords: Jesus' preaching; New testament; Romans; Sermon; sin; sinful limbs; Synoptic Gospels; Torah



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