B 58 How to Interpret Old Testament Law

In recent times the laws of the Old Testament have been criticized as irrelevant, arbitrary, primitive or offensive. Christian readers have sometimes tried to distinguish ceremonial, civil and moral law, but this is not what the Old Testament does, and in important places the New Testament affirms the continuing validity of the whole law.

This study offers a new approach that interrelates different levels of law and suggests how law can play an important role in spirituality, doctrine and ethics.
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Author: Revd Dr Philip Jenson

Philip lectures in Old Testament and Biblical Theology at Ridley Hall, Cambridge. Philip is passionately committed to recovering the relevance and power of the Old Testament for God's people today. Philip is Information Officer for the Society for Old Testament Study (SOTS) and maintains their website ( He is married to Ruth and they have three daughters. He enjoys watching films, tennis, and playing the bassoon.

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