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What scriptural support is there to back the idea that Paul not only supported the Torah, but also promoted it?


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  1. be actively interested in and concerned for the success of
  2. suggest the truth of; corroborate.
  3. give approval, comfort, or encouragement to.


  1. further the progress of (something, esp. a cause, venture, or aim); support or actively encourage.
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I voted it up. This has potential, since it focuses on Apostle Paul's writings on the old Jewish covenants and the new Christian covenant. As a devout Jew, it is plausible that he may have been conflicted before finding a solution. – Double U Jan 14 '14 at 21:36
Are you specifically asking about the idea that Paul thought that Christians should follow the Law of Moses? And again to be specific (because I've heard people say otherwise) by 'Torah' do you mean the entire OT law, including ceremonial and sacrificial parts? If not, which parts do you mean? – DJClayworth Jan 15 '14 at 3:40
I'm pretty sure the question meets the site's guidelines. – Simply a Christian Jan 15 '14 at 4:51

Paul supports the Torah to the extent that he believes it was a valuable and God-given thing in its day. However he very clearly indicates that Christians are not bound by its requirements. Much of the Epistle to the Romans is devoted to this subject, and it gets extensive discussion in other places. I will do no more than quote a couple of important passages. If you are looking for more information on the subject, I recommend any good commentary or Bible dictionary on the subject.

The Law is Good

What shall we say, then? Is the law sinful? Certainly not! Nevertheless, I would not have known what sin was had it not been for the law. For I would not have known what coveting really was if the law had not said, “You shall not covet.” But sin, seizing the opportunity afforded by the commandment, produced in me every kind of coveting. For apart from the law, sin was dead. Once I was alive apart from the law; but when the commandment came, sin sprang to life and I died. I found that the very commandment that was intended to bring life actually brought death. For sin, seizing the opportunity afforded by the commandment, deceived me, and through the commandment put me to death. So then, the law is holy, and the commandment is holy, righteous and good. Did that which is good, then, become death to me? By no means! Nevertheless, in order that sin might be recognized as sin, it used what is good to bring about my death, so that through the commandment sin might become utterly sinful. (Romans 7: 7-13)

Christians are not bound by the Law:

Do you not know, brothers and sisters—for I am speaking to those who know the law—that the law has authority over someone only as long as that person lives? For example, by law a married woman is bound to her husband as long as he is alive, but if her husband dies, she is released from the law that binds her to him. So then, if she has sexual relations with another man while her husband is still alive, she is called an adulteress. But if her husband dies, she is released from that law and is not an adulteress if she marries another man. So, my brothers and sisters, you also died to the law through the body of Christ, that you might belong to another, to him who was raised from the dead, in order that we might bear fruit for God. For when we were in the realm of the flesh, the sinful passions aroused by the law were at work in us, so that we bore fruit for death. But now, by dying to what once bound us, we have been released from the law so that we serve in the new way of the Spirit, and not in the old way of the written code. (Romans 7 1-6)

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Paul "supported" the use of the Torah to bring people to faith in Christ. Good write-up, DJ! He used the Torah in his disputes with Jews that Jesus was the Christ. He supported certain uses of the Torah, but just not for righteousness -- that was reserved for faith in Christ. – Steve Jan 15 '14 at 14:02

Would you take the opposite?

As a Jew, I think Paul, continued to uphold the Law of Moses, Romans 3:31 GOD'S WORD®

Are we abolishing Moses' Teachings by this faith? That's unthinkable! Rather, we are supporting Moses' Teachings

But I would not call this promoting the Law of Moses, Galatians 3:10 ISV

Certainly all who depend on the actions of the Law are under a curse. For it is written, "A curse on everyone who does not obey everything that is written in the Book of the Law!

Ironically, Paul's undisputed epistles are Romans, 1 & 2 Corinthians, and Galatians. And they talk a lot about the Law of Moses.

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