While telos can mean “end” or “termination,” it can also mean “goal,” “perfection,” or “culmination.” Paul’s wording is deliberately vague, conveying two ideas at once. Christ is both the goal and the end of the Law.
If the Torah is God’s instructions for how to live, why would Gentiles be excluded from its wonderful truths? In both Romans and Galatians, after Paul has spent a lot of time arguing against their need to observe the Torah, he actually explains how they can “fulfill the Law.”
Why Jesus say he “came not to abolish the Law but to fulfill it”? A surprising insight comes from the fact that “fulfill the Law” is actually a Jewish idiom. Along with being found in rabbinic writings, it’s even used several other places in the New Testament.
(An excerpt from my book, Reading the Bible with Rabbi Jesus ) Jesus’s parables fit perfectly into a non-Western, Jewish culture that expressed itself through tangible metaphors. He was engaging in sophisticated theological teaching, but we miss it if we are looking for the deductive abstract arguments of the Greeks. Jesus often based his reasoning […]
Jesus’ words in light of rabbinic sayings about what happens when people gather to study or pray… God’s Shekinah draws near. Fascinating.
Christians scratch their heads over Jesus’ being raised “on the third day.” Doesn’t Sunday comes only two days after Friday? And what’s so significant about the “third day” anyhow?
Christians should be fascinated that a prominent theme in early synagogues was the fulfillment of God’s prophetic promises. It fits perfectly with Jesus’ ministry of preaching from town to town about the coming of God’s redemptive Kingdom.
Seeing how other cultures think can be quite helpful for understanding the Bible. Dieting and weight gain are particularly interesting topics to explore.
The refreshment of Sabbath was primarily intended for the ones who could not rest without the permission of others. Sabbath was not just about religious observance, but about social justice.
All sorts of connections fall into place when you start to grasp the Bible’s communal cultural setting.