The Messiah, His Disciples, And the Law of Moses


  • Philip Duncan Peters Minister in The Free Church of Scotland, Ph.D. Scholar at The University of Edinburgh



Torah, food laws, covenant, Israelites, Pharisees, Messiah


This article explores the relationship between the Messiah Jesus, his disciples and the Law of Moses, to which the Qur’an, the Torah [Hebrew Bible] and the New Testament all refer.. After initial references to the Qur’an and the Hebrew Bible, the author discusses four separate scenes in the New Testament, which highlight the relationship between Jesus and the Torah. The author discusses the contrast between the attitude of the Pharisees and that of Jesus to the Law but explains that, by rejecting the laws about food, Jesus was not abolishing the totality of the Law but simply abrogating its dietary regulations. The author concludes that the food laws mentioned in the Torah were of a temporary nature and that the death, resurrection and ascension of Messiah Jesus introduced a new era and a new covenant, which included people from all nations of the world as the people of God without their having to adhere to all the regulations of the older covenant.


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How to Cite

Philip Duncan Peters. (2023). The Messiah, His Disciples, And the Law of Moses. South Asian Journal of Religion and Philosophy (SAJRP), 4(2), 44–62.