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 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 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 at 16:25

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