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Interesting Question Indeed

What Would James Make of Hebrews?

The impression that one would get [from Hebrews] is that the coming of Christ brings about a change in the parts of the Law that apply to the cult and that participation in the Jerusalem cult would, in effect, be a denial that Christ had indeed initiated the new covenant.

But our evidence suggests that the earliest Jewish Christ-believers did participate in the Temple rituals including the sacrifices (I include the big names here like Peter, James and, yes even Paul). They did not seem to see any problem with maintaining that Christ’s sacrifice was THE sacrifice and participating in the cult (which, one would imagine, they saw as being fulfilled in Christ).

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