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The Puzzle of Paul & the Law

How Christians Related to the Law of Moses

Should Christian’s tithe? Work on the sabbath? Follow Jewish dietary restrictions? The relationship between the New Covenant believer and the Law of Moses is a confusing, and that’s because Paul’s teaching on the Law is confusing. What, for example, does Paul mean when he says, “For through the law I died to the law, so that I might live to God” (Galatians 2:19)? Brian Rosner argues that Paul’s treatment of the Law follows a consistent pattern—a 3-step process: Paul, first, repudiates the Law; then replaces it with the “law of the Spirit” and “law of Christ” (love); and, finally, he recycles the Law, not as law, but as prophecy, pointing forward to Christ, and as wisdom, principles for Christian living.

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About the Author

BRIAN S. ROSNER (PhD, Cambridge) is principal of Ridley College in Melbourne, Australia. He previously taught at the University of Aberdeen and Moore Theological College. Rosner is the author or editor of over a dozen books, including Known by God: A Biblical Theology of Personal Identity and How to Find Yourself: Why Looking Inward is Not the Answer. He is married to Natalie and has four children.

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