One of the dividing lines in views about the historical Yeshua is whether he came to overturn the Torah, the Law of Moses, or to support it for his own Jewish people.
Few scholars in recent studies have supported the idea of a Law-free Jesus. There is an emerging consensus that Yeshua came as a Jewish teacher and not a founder of a new religion or a giver of a new law. Confusion about this matter is mostly a failure to recognize that Gentile freedom from the Torah does not mean Israel should abandon its historic covenant with God.
For those who are used to reading Yeshua as a Law-free teacher, no passage stands out quite like Mark 7. For those who understand Yeshua as a Torah teacher faithful to Judaism, no passage is as troubling or hard to explain to friends as Mark 7. We’ll explore the claims of one scholar that Yeshua came to overturn the Law and we’ll look in some depth at Mark 7.
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