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Paul’S Attitude Towards The Law

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The issue of Paul and the Jewish law has captured the attention of many in the scholarly community. In order to understand Pauls attitude towards the law, we must understand the Old Testament context, first-century Judaism, Pauls own experience, and his Jewish roots. This chapter discusses that the apostle Paul was Jewish and that his views about the law came from his Jewish background. He never converted (some scholars agree that he received a commission to be the apostle to the Gentiles) from one religion to another. As we have seen, Paul, the Jewish preacher to the Gentiles, retains the beliefs and religious practices of the Pharisee all his life. Although it seems sometimes that he has a negative approach toward the law, Pauls view of the law was consistent with his Jewish beliefs. For the apostle Paul, the law (Torah) and the prophets reveal the will of God.

Keywords: Gentiles; Jewish; Judaism; Old Testament; Paul; Torah



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