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Anderson 1 Theo 101 Section P2 November 5, 2007 Mosaic Law in Matthew 5-7 vs. in Paul’s Letter to the Galatians The passage in Matthew and the passage in Galatians are not contradictions of each other and they can be reconciled. It really depends on the context of the passage, who the text is written for and what the texts are addressing. Each text emphasizes the law differently depending on who the audience is, so each text also treats and interprets the law differently. The law plays different roles before and after the coming of Jesus and it also differs according to which text is read. Overall, each text is very different in its own way, but they do also share some similarities. “Do not think that I have come to abolish the law or the prophets; I have come not to abolish but to fulfill.” (Mt. 5:17) Here in this passage, Jesus is telling his followers to still follow the law even though he has come to save them and give them salvation. The Mosaic Law should still be considered a major part of their beliefs and be followed as it always was. The role of the law doesn’t change very much from before Jesus comes to when after Jesus comes. The law is still the law and it should be followed even though Jesus has come for their salvation. He was sent to fulfill the law and the promises made to Abraham so his followers should still also follow the law. An example of Jesus fulfilling the law is this; “You have heard it said, ‘An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.’ But I say to you, Do not resist an evildoer. But if anyone strikes you on the right cheek, turn the other also” (Mt. 4:38 - 4:39). The law says here that it is right to take an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth, but Jesus is saying you should just turn the other cheek if anyone
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Anderson 2 strikes it instead of striking their cheek back. He’s extending and stretching the law to fulfill it. In Matthew 5-7, the Mosaic Law is a focal point of their beliefs. This section is
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This note was uploaded on 04/18/2008 for the course THEO 101 taught by Professor Mccurry during the Fall '08 term at St. Thomas.

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