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Jesus, The Jews and Moses

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This chapter discusses the passages dealing with the relationship of the Johannine Jesus to the revelation at Sinai and the law given by Moses. It claims that these passages show that the decision of the Johannine Christians to drop the practical observance of some commandments of the law is not accidental but reflects their growing alienation from what created the basis of Jewishness in the minds of many Jews. The chapter shows that Moses and the revelation at Sinai have only a limited role for John, even though the author claims that Moses and his scriptures bear witness to Jesus. From the Johannine point of view, it is not the believers themselves who have put Jesus and Moses in opposition to each other, but the leaders of the Jews, who have made them to make a choice between Jesus and Moses.

Keywords: Jesus; Jews; Johannine Christians; law commandments; Moses; Sinai



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