What Law Was He Referring To
That passage in Matthew 5:17 reads like this: "Think not that I have come to abolish the law and the prophets; I have come not to abolish them but to fulfill them." The context of "and the prophets" gives away what Jesus was talking about. He was speaking of the Jewish Torah, composed of writings called "the law" and writings called "the prophets." The law portion in particular was what caused whoever wrote the Gospel of Matthew to put those words in Jesus' mouth (Bible scholars are in total agreement that Jesus did not say them). There was a desire in the early Christian church to keep Jewish law binding on new Christians. Jesus taught a relaxed attitude toward Jewish law. Even though that is what got Jesus Christ killed, the early leaders of the breakaway Jewish cult that appropriated the title of Christ as the name of their religion wanted to keep the ancient regulations anyway. Go figure!
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