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Creative Conflict: The Torah and Christology

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The great majority of the books of the New Testament reflect the controversies between Jews and Christians that marked the emergence of the Christian faith and its separation from Judaism. In this chapter, we find Jesus berating the Sadducees for failing to understand the torah (12:18-27): they, too, have concentrated on the Mosaic regulations (Deut 25:5-10) and ignored the implications of the divine self-revelation in Exodus 3. The theme of fulfilment is clearly of prime importance to Matthew. In Luke, the emphasis is very much on the fulfilment of scripture, and though there is opposition from Jesus' fellow-Jews, there is no hint of conflict with the law itself. Luke's presentation of Jesus in the role of a prophet serves to emphasize the continuity of what is taking place with God's self-revelation in the past.

Keywords: God; Jesus; Luke; Matthew; Torah



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