Both the Old and New Testaments mention marriage covenants that God contracted between himself and his bride. The aim of this essay is to examine whether or not the several authors and the two Testaments contradict each other in this matter. The article demonstrates that in both Testaments God is described as someone who subjects himself to his own law with regard to regulations concerning marriage, separation, divorce, and remarriage.
This article believes that it is impossible to treat Paul’s understanding of the law of Moses rightly apart from at least some discussion of "natural revelation" in Paul’s letter to the Romans. The author believes that the two themes are linked in Romans 2:12-16 in such a way that the interpretation of one affects the interpretation of the other.
The interpretation of Matthew 23:2-4 still vexes many scholars. Does Jesus not contradict himself when he expects his disciples to practice all that the scribes and Pharisees teach, while at the same time accuses the Pharisees of making the Word of God worthless? This essay suggests that Jesus does affirm the authority of the Pharisees. This, however, is not a blanket endorsement of all their teachings.
This essay wrestles with the applicability of the Law of Moses to the New Testament church. Can we make a distinction between the Ten Commandments and laws on the liturgical aspects of the life of Israel? The essay emphasizes the contextual nature of the Mosaic Law and its function in that particular redemptive-historical context. The distinction often made between some of the laws as "moral" and others not, is rejected as methodologically objectionable.
The author goes through the life of Abraham, in order to demonstrate how his faith in God is an example for those who believe today. Those who believe will take hold of the promises by faith and also get to receive the title of being Abraham's children, even though they have not obeyed the Law of Moses, and have sinned against God.