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Halakhah In The New Testament: A Research Overview

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This chapter discusses about the relatively new discipline of studying halakhah in the New Testament. It also discusses the term "halakhah," the social phenomenon of halakhah, and the various sources for its study, including early Christian texts. The chapter reviews the actual studies on halakhah in Paul. It addresses the work done on law and halakhah in the Jesus tradition. The chapter deals with the matter of divorce law. Halakhah, as the articulation of Jewish behaviour, strives for specificity and diversity, it shuns generalization, and it fosters concreteness. The only available sources for studying halakhah were the central documents of Jewish tradition, Mishnah, Talmud, and related literature. A remarkable feature shared by the Qumran scrolls and rabbinic literature is that the halakhah proper contained in them is phrased almost entirely in Hebrew.

Keywords: divorce law; halakhah; Jesus tradition; New Testament; Paul; Qumran



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