My understanding of the Hebrew Roots movement is that they celebrate feast days and more closely resemble Jewish traditions rather than "Christian" ones. For example, most Christians would celebrate Christmas while Hebrew Roots would celebrate Hanukkah, though both believe in Christ as savior. If I'm misunderstanding, feel free to set me straight.

My question is how the Hebrew Roots (denomination?) handles Paul's writings, since a lot of it seems to disapprove of following the traditionally Jewish practices. For example, Galatians 4 says things like

But now that you know God—or rather are known by God—how is it that you are turning back to those weak and miserable forces ? Do you wish to be enslaved by them all over again? You are observing special days and months and seasons and years! I fear for you, that somehow I have wasted my efforts on you (9‭-‬11) NIV

And verses 21 through 31 talk about being "children of promise" where those under the law are slaves to it.

Does the Hebrew Roots movement have an explanation for scriptures like these?


From what I gather, there are degrees of Hebrew Roots teaching.

Some believe in salvation 100% by the atoning work of Christ, while some believe in a combination of Christ's works and your works.

Some believe the Trinity is a pagan invention, while some understand Christ is the Son of God.

They tend to believe that even though you may be saved by grace, it is a sin to not follow Torah, including feasts, Sabbath, foods, etc. They understand that Christ followed Torah and so should His followers.

So to the specific passage, they tend to believe it is misunderstood or mistranslated. They cite the numerous other Pauline comments about the law.

Generally speaking, Hebrew Roots disavows the oral teachings, but instead focus on the written word (Torah).

  • "Some believe the Trinity is a pagan invention, while some understand Christ is the Son of God." I don't see how these two notions contradict one another, such that you might believe one or the other. – Mason Wheeler Sep 13 '18 at 15:22
  • The Curse of the Law article was quite informative and appears to come directly from someone that is involved with Hebrew Roots. I think putting some quotes from the article into your answer would improve it (and be helpful in case that article ever gets taken down). – David Starkey Sep 13 '18 at 15:38
  • @MasonWheeler well the qualitative difference would be answering if Christ is Very God of Very God or was there a time the Son of God did not exist but was created? The Trinity would understand Christ Jesus as part of the Godhead (Son of God). Some in the HR movement understand forms of adoptionism or arianism regarding Jesus. Those are the unorthodox positions. – SLM Sep 13 '18 at 16:25

Being a member of the HRM for over 20 years I thought I would weigh in on this. The HRM views this passage like this.

Paul was speaking to pagans in Galatia. The Galatian churches were composed mostly of members from a gentile, rather than Jewish, background. Paul made it clear that they were physically uncircumcised (Galatians 5:2; Galatians 6:12-13), so they could not have been Jewish.

This background is important in understanding this controversial scripture. In Galatians 4:9-10, Paul said that the Galatians were “turn[ing] again to the weak and beggarly elements,” which included “days and months and seasons and years.” Since Paul’s readers were from a gentile background, it is difficult to see how the “days and months and seasons and years” they were turning back to could be the Sabbath and other biblical festivals, since they could not “turn again” to something they had not previously observed.

This is made even clearer by the immediate context. In Galatians 4:8, Paul said, “When you did not know God, you served those which by nature are not gods.” By this Paul referred clearly to the idols of paganism. So in conclusion, since this verse is not referring to Jewish holidays and or festivals it does not need any reconciling for the HRM.


The feasts were celebrated by Jesus himself. They are intended as s roadmap to both salvation and the end times timing. The feast of sukkot will be celebrated even after Christ returns. Paul did not impose those celebrations on the gentiles because many would have simply turned them into pagan rituals, such as the Catholic Church did by turning Passover into Easter. They were not a salvation issue.

What most Hebrew roots people reject all traditions of men (in terms of pagan hilidays like Christmas and Easter) and return to the Jewish feasts in order to teach their children (and connect themselves spiritually). The seven feasts are the story of God's longterm plan. They are times of celebration set aside by God.

I do not know of any Hebrew Roots folks who try to insist that everyone celebrate those feasts. They just refuse to participate in pagan rituals. I do agree that all Christians should reject Christmas and Easter as the Bible clearly says that God commands we do not worship him as the pagans worship their gods or according to the traditions of me, as that is an abomination to him.

Jesus Christ (Yeshua) is the Passover lamb, born during the lambing season when the shepherds were out with their sheep, born with the other lambs that would one day, if without blemish, be brought into the house, cared for and loved, then slaughtered for the final meal so that its blood could protect the household from God's spirit of death.

I personally think it is more important that I impart those lessons to my kids than to give them Christmas presents or lie to them about some creepy, fat, stalker guy watching them year round then breaking into our house to eat our food and leave presents from greedy, satanic, corporate manufacturers and Hollywood shills.

The feasts, however, do teach about God, Christ and His return, which is why Hebrew Roots folks celebrste them. They are also a lot of fun. Galatians 4, Paul refers to people who have begun claiming tbe fiests MUST be celebrated, (perhaps under some claim of greater righteousness or even as proof of salvation). Such teachings missed the point of salvation through grace alone. In galatians 4, Paul specifically discusses the children born of Hagar being born into slavery. The inference being those still adhering to the law, are slaves. (The orthodoxy who rejected Messiah and remain under ritual and law and animal sacrifice). Hebrews Roots folks celebrate the feists for understanding and to align their values with the rootsock (Judaism) and to give their families a focus while the rest of Chrisedom is supporting pagan holidays due to traditions of men. Those who understand this will not arrogantly tell you that you must celebrate the fiests. That would be slavery to the law. However, the issue of keeping Sabbath is entirely different because sa bath was made for mankind prior to Israel ever existing. Many seem to teach there is no need to set that day aside for rest anymkre as that was a day abolished by Christ's sacrifice. Not sure any Hebrew Roots folks would agree Paul meant that.

  • Please edit this to fix your typos. – curiousdannii Sep 24 '18 at 0:55
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    This is a good rant about why the feasts are better than the mainstream Christian holidays, but that wasn't my question. I'm curious how the Hebrew Roots folks deal with Biblical passages (such as the book of Galatians) that appear to advise against special days (among other Jewish customs). Christmas and Easter are not relevant to this question, though we agree on some points. – David Starkey Sep 24 '18 at 13:44
  • I've edited my response to include a discussion of galatians 4. May God bless you. – Pali Sep 25 '18 at 20:04

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