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Jesus and the law revisited

William R.G. Loader
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 67, No 1 | a824 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v67i1.824 | © 2011 William R.G. Loader | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 02 April 2010 | Published: 11 April 2011

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William R.G. Loader, Department of Theology, Murdoch University, Australia Faculty of Theology, University of Pretoria, South Africa, Australia


This article revisited the issue of Jesus’ attitude towards the Torah on the basis of a critical discussion of the most recent extensive treatment of the theme by Meier in his A marginal Jew: Rethinking the historical Jesus: Volume four: Law and love (2009). It engaged Meier’s contribution in the light of contemporary research, concluding that, whilst Meier provided an erudite analysis, his thesis that Jesus’ teaching on divorce and oaths revoked Mosaic law did not convince, for it did not adequately consider the extent to which the contemporary interpretation of the Torah could encompass such radicalisation.


Historical Jesus; law; divorce; oaths; Sabbath; love command


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