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The Letter Writer: Paul's Background and Torah Perspective Paperback – February, 2002
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Author biography: Tim Hegg is one of the teachers at Beit Hallel in Tacoma, WA, USA. He graduated from Northwest Baptist Seminary in 1976 (M.Div.) and 1980 (Th.M.) He has taught as an adjunct professor at local seminaries in Tacoma, and is a contributor of papers at both local and annual meetings of the Evangelical Theological Society. He and his wife, Paulette, are blessed with four children and two grandchildren.
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NOT ANYMORE! The missing pieces to a puzzle I have been trying unsucessfully to put together all of my life, just fell in place all by themselves- with no effort- no twisting- no forcing: When you read Paul in CONTEXT- there is no more confusion, no more reading one thing here- then reading something subtly different there!! You see the flow and validity of ALL scripture and you rejoice that there are NO CONTRADICTIONS AT ALL!
If you want to finally see the truth, the WHOLE truth, and remove the doubts brought on my those denominations who force a round peg into their square hole, I highly recommend you read this. This book was life changing!
I especially appreciate how Hegg explains what the Jerusalem Council did for non-Jewish believers because unlike some Messianic Jewish scholars, Hegg does NOT believe that these were an early form of the Noachide laws, but rather that they were fences around the Torah in order to help non-Jews from falling back into their former-pagan lives. The Torah is not replaced by the Acts 15 decision; the Torah remains as a foundation. Which only makes sense because the Tanakh was the only canon of Scripture for the First Century believers.
I am at Bible College now (infact I am in a Pauline Epistles class right now) and this has been a tremendous help for me. I have yet to hear any rebutals of the things I bring up from Hegg's work.
Hands down, this book is to become the foundational book for Messianic Pauline scholarship. For those who are pro-Torah for all of God's people, Jew and non-Jew, Hegg,s book will give you and even greater foundation for your walk. May you be blessed.
(a) Paul did not start a new religion nor was he a convert to Christianity.
(b) He remained to his death a Pharisee
(c) He remained to his death a Torah-submissive Jew
(d) Paul did not teach Gentiles to avoid living a Torah submissive life let alone that they were free from the Commandments of G-d.
(e) The Jerusalem council (Acts 15) did not reduce for Gentiles G-d's commandments, laws and statutes to the "four instructions" (verses 19-20).
A careful reading of Acts chapter 15 will show that some believed that Gentiles had to be circumcised and follow the rules of the rabbis to have a place in "the world to come" (to be saved). The issue for James and the others meeting in Jerusalem was never a question of whether circumcision should be abandoned but whether Gentiles coming to G-d through Messiah Yeshua had to convert to the Judaism of that day which meant conversion and as such included the oral traditions (see Mark 7). Would the leaders of the Messianic community instruct Gentiles not to circumcise their children? Not on your life. Did James instruct that Gentiles should no longer consider circumcision? No again just as they would not have said that the four rules covered it all so Gentiles could now lie, steal, or murder.
As Tim Hegg explains in this book, we find in the Apostolic Scriptures that Paul respected the traditions taught by the rabbis and Paul taught traditions that were consistent with Scripture.
This book challenges the view common among Jews and Gentiles alike that Paul taught the Torah was for those born Jewish and "The New Covenant" was for "The Church."
Tim Hegg has written a wonderful book and all who give it careful study will greatly profit.