Christian interpretations of the rules and regulations established in the Old Testament by God through Moses

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Did Samuel act as a priest on top of being a prophet

Thinking about the life of Samuel, you can see that in some ways lived like a priest on top of being a prophet, despite being from the half-tribe of Ephraim. One, he was brought up in the temple by ...
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Does extreme use of capital punishment in ANE & Mosaic laws attest to a universal recognition of God's wrath, or God's tolerance of universal cruelty? [closed]

If you read any of the ancient near east (ANE) codes such as Hammurabi's Code of Laws there is a strikingly similiar severity in the widespread use of capital punishment. This gives a similiar feel to ...
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Why is Ruth's child in the line of Boaz and not Mahlon?

It seems to me that according to this law the first-born child of Boaz and Ruth should have been recorded in the line of Mahlon: If brethren dwell together, and one of them die, and have no child, ...
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How was sin not counted before the law?

How was sin not counted before the law, like Paul says in Romans 5? What does that practically mean? I'm not looking for hermeneutics only, but a scriptural/historical/real world example of someone's ...
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According to proponents of penal substitutionary atonement, were the Levitical sacrifices also penal substitutions?

I am not a proponent of penal substitutionary atonement. While considering this question, I considered whether my position is incorrect, and the language of Isaiah 53 necessarily implies penal ...
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Why does Mosaic Law insist on primogenitur even when the dad despises the first born son's mother?

If a man has two wives, one of them loved and the other disliked, and if both the loved and the disliked have borne him sons, the firstborn being the son of the one who is disliked, then on the day ...
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Please explain how the Israelites were supposed to keep the Sabbath year [closed]

Leviticus chapter 25 describes a "Sabbath year" for the land. Every seventh year the Israelites were not supposed to prune their vines nor plow or plant their fields. Lev 25:3-7 (NET) (Lev 25:3) ...
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What is the difference between an “issue of covenant” and an “abomination to God”?

When looking at Old Testament Mosaic law, I'm confused as to what applies to Christians and what does not. In an answer to a previous question that I asked, it was said that a certain law did "not ...
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Were there implicit laws not referenced in the Acts 15 letter to gentile believers?

In Acts 29 the Jewish Christian Elders in Jerusalem sent a letter to the gentile believers throughout the world, instructing them to be at peace, and stating that they were not required to follow ...
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Reconciling Peter in Acts with Deuteronomy/Psalms on the burden of the Law?

Peter is cited in Acts 15:10-11 as saying to the Jerusalem Council, "Now then, why do you try to test God by putting on the necks of Gentiles a yoke that neither we nor our ancestors have been able to ...
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Was the Mosaic Covenant a covenant of “works” or “grace”?

In Exodus 20 (but all of Exodus/Leviticus/Numbers/Deuteronomy as well) we read of what many refer to as the Mosaic Covenant - enacted at Sinai, where God gives the Ten Commandments (and later the rest ...
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What is the difference of the 10 commandments from other Biblical laws? [closed]

What distinction do The 10 Commandment have over other rules in the Bible? Is breaking any of The 10 Commandments an immortal, unforgivable sin while other sins are not? I just want to know the ...
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Do Old Testament individual, family and social laws and guidance apply to Christians or did Jesus come to discard OT laws and guidance?

If OT laws are to be ignored by Christians, does God/Jesus provide substitute laws in the New Testament texts? I.e., if God thought it important to provide laws (in addition to requiring certain ...
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How do Christians reconcile Deuteronomy 13:1-4 with their belief in the abrogation of the Mosaic law?

Deuteronomy 13:1-4 states: All this word which I command you, that shall ye observe to do; thou shalt not add thereto, nor diminish from it. If there arise in the midst of thee a prophet, or ...
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How many laws from Old Testament are still valid in New Testament? [duplicate]

I don't know this question is within the scope or not. Its straightforward. How many of the Laws in OT can be transported to NT and usable? These are some of the OT laws which are no longer useful ...
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Keep the law OR nail to the cross? [closed]

I have seen two views about the laws of the old testament in the bible. One view is where Jesus himself says "keep the Law" while in the other Paul says that "the Law has been nailed to the cross" ...
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Did Jesus wear tefillin?

Tefillin1 are boxes containing Torah verses, worn by Jews on the head and the upper arm, in accordance with instructions in Exodus 13:9, 13:16, and Deuteronomy 6:8, 11:18. There is a great deal of ...
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Is there Christian scripture or literature absolving the old Jewish laws of usury?

Most people are aware that Jewish law forbade earning interest from the lending of money to another. As Christianity gained momentum in the early first and second century, many of the Mosaic laws were ...
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Were Jews allowed to sacrifice to the LORD at altars other than at the tabernacle and temple?

I am familiar with the references in Leviticus and Deuteronomy that legislated that the sacrifices were to occur only where the LORD had chosen to "put His name." He evidently had put His name with ...
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How did the Brownists/Calvinists justify capital punishment for witches?

My ancestors were Brownist pilgrims, leading up to the Salem witch trials, my Great-great-great-something-aunt was hung for having a lack of the fear of God in her. The people at the time were no ...
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In any of James's passages, does he agree to the law being cursed and abrogated?

From what I understand, early on there was a disagreement between James (who is said to be the brother of Jesus and the leader of the early Christian movement) and Paul, the latter saying that the law ...
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Why were the Israelites not circumcised in the desert?

Genesis 21:4 (NIV) When his son Isaac was eight days old, Abraham circumcised him, as God commanded him. Starting with Abraham, the Israelite men were circumcised, and boys at the eighth day after ...
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Why does the Bible say that people no longer need to ‘feel guilty’ under the gospel, as compared to the Old Testament?

There is the verse from Hebrews that makes me pose the question: 10 The law is only a shadow of the good things that are coming—not the realities themselves. For this reason it can never, by the ...
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What is the Biblical basis for claiming that Paul upholds and teaches the Torah law?

What scriptural support is there to back the idea that Paul not only supported the Torah, but also promoted it? UPDATE: For those needing clarification: "support" be actively interested in and ...
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Are questions that begin “Is it ok to ___” of primary theological importance? [closed]

Questions that begin "Is it ok to _" are often asked and I believe it is helpful to ask "how now shall we live?". However, from a theological standpoint are these questions of primary importance when ...
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What does it mean to be clean in the context of the Old Law?

In a large number of places, the books of Leviticus and Deuteronomy mention cleanliness, saying that certain persons or things are clean or unclean. I won't mention any particular passage because I ...
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“Those excluded from the Congregation”

Deuteronomy 23:1-8 lists some people that are forbidden to "enter the assembly of the LORD". Deuteronomy 23:1-8 (NKJ) Those Excluded from the Congregation 1 “He who is emasculated by ...
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Why does the Coptic church still perform circumcisions?

Circumcision is a requirement from The Mosaic Law: Any uncircumcised male who has not been circumcised in the flesh of his foreskin will be cut off from his people – he has failed to carry out ...
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What is Deuteronomy 15 saying about the poor?

Deuteronomy 15 is giving laws and rules relating to the treatment of the poor in communities. Verse 4 says: However, there will be no poor among you, since the Lord will surely bless you in the ...
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What are the natures of the different “priesthoods” mentioned in the old testament [closed]

In the old testament, there are three (maybe more?) references to a priesthood. Genesis 14:18 Melchizedek king of Salem brought out bread and wine. (Now he was the priest of the Most High God.) 19 ...
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Biblical basis for “We are the living law”?

I found myself at a bewilderment when, yesterday during our Prayer/Bible study group, a member of the group started teaching us the concept of "We are the living law". His reasoning/support behind ...
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Are there any of the OT commandments of God that have been cancelled, but not clearly pronounced as cancelled in the NT? [closed]

Are there some of the Old Testament commandments of God that have been cancelled with the coming of Christ, but not clearly pronounced as cancelled in the New Testament? New Testament says that some ...
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Is the definition of “sin” subjective? Of whom's morals is it based on?

Whenever I try to determine what is a sin and what isn't I get very confused... I read things by Paul and sins seem to become very subjective... _____ is a sin if you make it a sin through belief ...
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Why were Aaron and his son only ones eligible for being a Priest?

In ancient times, the only people who were offered a chance to become the priest were Aaron and his sons. Would not this be unfair? There might have been people who were better suited for the ...
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Why did God instruct the Israelites to perform so many different types of sacrificial offerings? [closed]

In the Bible, there are many different sacrificial offerings (Leviticus 1-5) which were to be performed in the Tabernacle/Temple. Burnt Offering Sin Offering Meat offering or Drink Offering ...
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Should we accept blood transfusions? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Blood transfusions and Christianity? The Bible makes it known that blood is Holy, it is what gives us life. The Jehovah's Witnesses seem to think that a person should not ...
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Why is this man free from guilt?

Numbers 5:11-31 gives us an adultery test used by the Hebrew people in their early days. 11 Then the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, 12 “Speak to the sons of Israel and say to them, ‘If any man’s ...
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Is it a sin or forbidden to follow any of the parts of the Law of Moses?

In John 7:53-8:11, Jesus condemns fulfilling the Law of Moses when it requires that a crowd stone an adulteress to death. This seems to imply (if these passages are authentic, which is in question) ...
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Does the Old Testament anywhere imply that the Law of Moses may be abrogated?

I am wondering if there are any statements in the Old Testament which either: A) Foretell a time when the Law of Moses will be abrogated (in the way Christ does in the NT) or B) States that some ...
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Why does the Mosaic Law demand the death of so many innocent people?

What do these Bible verses mean? Why does it demand the death of so many innocent people in the Bible? Leviticus 20:13 – demands the death of homosexuals. “If a man has sexual relations with a ...
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Why did punishment differ in Leviticus 20:13 and 1 Kings 15:11-12?

Is there any reason behind why punishment differed in Leviticus 20:13 and 1 Kings 15:11-12? What's the context? Leviticus 20:13 If a man lies with a male as with a woman, both of them have ...
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What “God's law” is Matthew Henry referring to?

Part of Matthew Henry's commentary on Exodus 22 says: A man's house is his castle, and God's law, as well as man's, sets a guard upon it; he that assaults it does so at his peril. What is he ...
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What in Deuteronomy implies that God gave those laws through Moses and not directly?

According to the Catholic Church, what are the differences in the way the Mosaic/Deuteronomic Laws are given versus the Ten Commandments. I have been led to understand that there is a difference by ...
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Do Messianic Jews practice the jubliee?

There is a a range of opinion of different denominations on how far Mosaic law should be practiced. Messianic Judaism stands very much at the "one law" end of the scale. However, I am wondering how ...
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In what way was the Law of Moses “a good thing whose purpose had now been accomplished”?

I came across this quote from NT Wright: The Torah [the Law of Moses] is given for a specific period of time, and is then set aside—not because it was a bad thing now happily abolished, but ...
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Are there one or two covenants in Exodus? Clarifying the role of the first set of laws compared to the second set

Im a little confused by some commentaries as to how they describe the laws given to Moses. We see a first set of commands listed in Exodus 20:1-17 and 20:22-23:33. These are then agreed upon by ...
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How is teaching that Jews don't have to follow the Law reconciled with the Word of God and Jesus? [closed]

What do the main bodies of Christian belief (Orthodox, Catholic, 'mainline' Protestant) have to say about the following? We can see that many Christians think that Jews don't have to follow the Law. ...
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Where did the moral-civil-ceremonial distinction of Old Testament laws come from and when was it popularized? [duplicate]

When answering this question: How many laws from Old Testament are still valid in New Testament? I was reminded that my answer is not Biblically derived in making the trinary distinction of Old ...
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What is “jubilee(s)”?

My Mother in her 90s and in treatment for Alzheimers would frequently go into a state of trance and chant about going to jubilee. Does "jubilee" or "going to jubilee" refer to heaven or eternity in ...
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What does the Bible tell us about how people knew right from wrong before the Law of Moses? [closed]

Before "Thou shalt not kill/steal/lie" was given through the Mosaic law, how did people know what was right from wrong? How did they know what sin was? Clearly there are examples of people having ...