How should the Torah inform how we live as believers today?
I’m happy to see more conversations going on about this online. Just recently I bumped into two good discussions from two very different kinds of sources that I thought would interest readers – if not one, then the other.
For my more academic readers, you may enjoy a series of essays that is being posted at the Theopolis Institute. The conversation there is a discussion about how the Torah should inform Christian living today. It’s written by academics like Jonathan Burnside, Dru Johnson and Roy Gane, all well-respected Bible/Theology professors. Here are some of their essays:
Why Bother with Biblical Law?: by Jonathan Burnside
Applying Biblical Law to Modern Society: by Roy Gane
Crime and Punishment: by Ralph Allan Smith
Will We Ever Actually Bother with Biblical Law?: by Dru Johnson
Torahic Christianity￼: by P. Andrew Sandlin
The Radicalism of Biblical Law: by Jonathan Burnside
For the Torah Observant
Of course many of my readers don’t want to just discuss the Torah in theory, but have tried to become Torah-observant on their own or joined groups with that goal. I am not a part of this movement but I know many who are. You may find this podcast/essay by Tyler Rosenquist useful:
Tyler has been a part of the Torah-observant movement for many years and informally shares a lot of wisdom about the pitfalls that people tend to fall into.
Now you may be asking what I think Jesus and Paul were saying about the Torah and how it applies to Christians today. See my article, What It Means to “Fulfill the Law” here. Another article about what our our attitude should be as we discover our Jewish roots and the Torah is called Be a Bridge, Not an Island.