Florovsky Paper Abstract - "We Uphold the Law" ... or Do We? Fascination with Dismissing Moses in the Early Renaissance

Feast of Sts Carpos and Alphaeus, Apostles of the 70

IT IS NOT uncommon to hear Christians in both Protestant and Catholic circles speak in terms of the abrogation of the entirety of the Law of Moses. This seems to directly contradict Matthew 5:18. This paper attempts to briefly survey attitudes toward Torah in the ancient sources of New Testament Scripture and patristic texts, and contrast them with stances toward the Law that began to clearly emerge in the fifteenth century. My hope is to demonstrate that both Catholic and Protestant biblical exegesis of the sixteenth century inherited a common, new perspective towards Torah that is not in continuity with the Apostles and Fathers. I provide a few possible bases for this new impulse, and briefly touch upon some of the consequences, the most grievous of which is an estrangement from the New Testament that necessarily follows upon the trivialization of the library that supplies its spiritual vocabulary.


Matthew Umbarger, a Kansas native, completed graduate studies in Hebrew Bible at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev over the course of his nine years in Israel, before moving back to Kansas. Matthew is an assistant professor of theology at Newman University. He lives in Wichita with his wife and children.


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