Temple, Torah & Wisdom: Jesus Christ

“For the devout first-century Jew, the Torah wasn’t the arbitrary decree of a distant deity, but the covenant character which bound Israel to YHWH. It was the pathway along which one might discover what genuine humanness was all about. If all Israel managed to keep the Torah for a single day, declared some Jewish teachers, the Age to Come would have begun. The Torah was the road into God’s future. Of course it was; because, like the Temple, it was a place where heaven and earth overlapped, where you might glimpse what it would be like when they became completely one. The same was true of Wisdom, the blueprint for creation and also the blueprint for genuine human living.

Yes, replied the early Christians: and Temple, Torah, and Wisdom have come together in and as Jesus of Nazareth, Israel’s Messiah, God’s second self, his ‘Son’ in that full sense. And, with that, God’s future has arrived in the present, has arrived in the person of Jesus. In arriving, it has confronted and defeated the forces of evil and opened the way for God’s new world, for heaven and earth to be joined forever.”   

(N.T. Wright, Simply Christian: Why Christianity Makes Sense, pgs. 221-222)

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