Breakfast over, Aunt Polly had family worship: it began with a prayer built from the ground up of solid courses of Scriptural quotations, welded together with a thin mortar of originality; and from the summit of this she delivered a grim chapter of the Mosaic Law
, as from Sinai.
There were misshapen bullets and stained knives that had taken human life; there were lithe, lean ropes which had retaliated after the live letter of the Mosaic law
. There was one bristling broadside of revolvers under the longest shelf of closed eyes and swollen throats.
There are various points at which one could demur: for example, on whether the 'law' of 7: 21-23 is not to be understood throughout as 'the Mosaic law
', that is, both as instrument of God's will and of sin's devices (as again in 8: 2); and the awkwardness of 7: 25b, after the seeming resolution of 7: 25a, becomes increasingly a problem the sharper the disjunction between Romans 7 (pre-Christian experience) and Romans 8 (Christian experience) is thought to be.
It is not news for the Law Page of The New York Times that the form of American fundamental law reflects the forms of Mosaic law
twenty-five hundred years ago and emulated first in Massachusetts and Pennsylvania three hundred to three hundred and fifty years ago.
The church was then under attack from the Pharisees, who were rousing the Jewish population of the city against the Jesus movement with the charge, generally false, that it rejected Mosaic law
. In response Judaizing Christians tried to be as strict in their observance as the Pharisees themselves and impose their strictness on Gentile converts in and out of Palestine.
The old wine runs out--alluding to the old Mosaic Law
and Judaism becoming passe--and now Jesus presents the new wine of the New Covenant.
Many people in Nazareth and other places where Mosaic Law
, or Law of Moses, was observed died with Joseph.
He presents topics that relate to Jesus' approach, including religious pluralism, concepts of "kingdom," cultural and religious traditions, Israel's view of God, the Mosaic law
, and definitions of vindication.
Of all the New Testament writers, Matthew seems to be the most positively disposed toward the Mosaic law
. The Matthean Jesus insists that he came not to abolish but to fulfill the law and the prophets (5:17).
Describing the poet as a "Christian Hebraist," Festa argues that "for Milton the reasonable power of the Mosaic Law
derives in effect from historicizing the teaching of Christ within the tradition of Hebraic interpretation" (57).
If one were to place this author on the map of Christian approaches to Paul's writings regarding the Jews, one could say that Das combines an acknowledgment of the new perspective on Paul with Reformed theology's "third use" of Mosaic law
to provide guidelines for Christian life.
Sprinkle (Old Testament, Crossroads College) explores the Pentateuch to find what Christians are to make of Mosaic law
, based upon his understanding of how these principles serve as foundations for the Christian life and life in the world.