Christian views of the Bible's Old Covenant[->0] are central to Christian theology[->1], ethics[->2], and practice[->3]. Particularly notable in the New Testament[->4] are Jesus[->5]' expounding of the Law[->6] and the circumcision controversy in Early Christianity[->7]. There are differing views about the applicability of the Old Covenant among Christian denominations[->8]. Also referred to as Mosaic Law[->9], Divine Law[->10], Biblical Law, God's Law, or the Books of Moses, the term Old Covenant refers to the statements or principles of religious law[->11] and religious ethics[->12] codified in the first five books or Pentateuch of the Christian Bible[->13]. There are diverse views of the ...view middle of the document...
The predominant Christian view is that Jesus mediates a New Covenant[->32] relationship between God and his followers, according to the New Testament[->33], which ended or set aside some or all of the Old Covenant. Christianity, almost without exception, teaches that this New Covenant is the instrument through which God offers mercy[->34] and atonement[->35] to mankind. However, there are differences of opinion as to how the New Covenant affects the validity of the Old Covenant, how many Old Covenant laws such as the Ten Commandments[->36] are continued or renewed in the New Covenant, and related issues. The differences are mainly as a result of attempts to harmonize[->37] biblical statements to the effect that the Old Covenant and its law is "perpetual" or "everlasting" or "lasting" with New Testament statements to the effect that it does not apply anymore (in the current dispensation[->38]) or at least does not fully apply. The topic of Paul and the Old Covenant[->39] is still frequently debated among New Testament scholars leading to many views.
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