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    Book Plunge: Torahism

    Do Christians have to follow Torah?

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    What do I think of R.L. Solbergís book published by Williamson College Press? Letís plunge into the Deeper Waters and find out.

    There are many things that bring the Christmas season home to me and make the holiday so special. Getting to put up decorations, going out and looking for lights, getting together with friends and family and exchanging gifts, hearing Christians tell me that Christmas is pagan, good times. No holiday season ever seems complete without that last group showing up.

    So it is that when R.L. Solberg had a friend say the same thing on Facebook, he engaged with the post and found himself caught up in something greater. As a result, he wrote Torahism asking if Christians are to keep the law of Moses? Torahism can often go beyond that as some people like this deny the Trinity and the deity of Christ and are definitely very anti-Catholic.

    So looking at Solbergís book, Iíll start with the things I liked about it and then suggest areas Iíd like to see improved.

    First, Iím glad that the book has been written. There are too many people who are Christians and not Torahists who also have questions about the Law of Moses. There are too many atheists that present the Law as if it was to be a perfect guide for all time and be the perfect moral system. Both need answers to their questions.

    Second, the book is easy to understand. You donít need to have a Seminary background to understand what is being said here. Solberg writes in simple language and does not use complex terminology.

    Third, each chapter is stand alone so you can look at each section that is relevant to what youíre talking about and getting it from there. Of course, you could read straight through like I did, but itís not necessary. The information is really easy to find.

    So what we have is good, but there are some changes I would like to see Solberg make for future editions.

    First, more engagement with the scholarship in the field, especially Old Testament scholars like John Walton, Tremper Longman, Michale Heiser, Walter Kaiser, and others. It would have been good to see what scholars in the field say about the Law. I am especially thinking about Waltonís book The Lost World of the Torah.

    Second, in the section on the deity of Christ, I would have liked more answers on such questions like ďHow could Jesus die on the cross if God canít die?Ē I would have liked to have seen more on the Trinity. With this, a work like How God Became Jesus would be great.

    Third, one point I was surprised to not see mentioned was that of slavery. Would Torahists like to have some kind of system like this? Along those same lines, would Torahists be open to allowing a man to have more than one wife?

    It is always good to see people filling a niche in the apologetics world. A group like the one called Torahism is one that needs some responding to. I am thankful Solberg took the time to answer them and I hope that there will be further expansion on this work.

    In Christ,
    Nick Peters

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    Hmm... are the Torahists modern day Judahizers?
    If it weren't for the Resurrection of Jesus, we'd all be in DEEP TROUBLE!

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    Close at least.

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    I like your mention of Walton's book.
    A review of Walton's book mentions "As speech acts, legislation expects strict obedience to 'laws' in the modern sense, while legal sayings function more as social customs and norm" (https://search.proquest.com/openview...olar&cbl=47286). While I'm not sure how Watson treats the idea of "sayings," I have understood that the Mosaic Law often provides instruction that is more cultural than legal -- such as the definitions of the food people ate and of the festivals that would be celebrated.


    I want to develop some ideas about the Jewish law and situation in the first century. Paul gives especially interesting insights into the Law and its end within Romans. I'm inching forward, in my writings, toward the discussion of the passage showing Paul's understanding of the Law after Christ has come.

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    I've long been suspicious of the Noahide movement.

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    I run into these Torahist kooks all the time online.

    IMO, it is not helpful that the prima facie reading of different passages of Scripture can lead to diametrically opposite views on the subject. However, on the whole, I don't see how it is possible to accept Paul's works, Hebrews, and John's Gospel and still hold to Torahism.
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