A Jesus Hermeneutic: A Torah Shaped Story

This article talks about a Christ Hermeneutic, and addresses these verses:

And beginning with Moses and all the prophets, he interpreted to them in all the scriptures the things concerning himself.     (Luke 24:27)
If you believed Moses, you would believe me, for he wrote of me.  But if you do not believe his writings, how will you believe my words?”  (John 5:47)

As I was reading through the Gospel of John this morning I got on this rabbit trail. Growing up I was always taught that this verse was pointing to some specific literal writing from Moses. What seems clear to me though is that this phrasing, echoed as it is in Luke, is teaching something much broader and apart from a literal word. What is being taught here is how to read the scriptures as echos of Jesus. In John 5 alone, the phrasing comes on the heals of an exposition of the Son’s identity. Perhaps most startling is how 5:17, which captures the tension of Jesus working on the Sabbath, an act which would seemingly set Him in tension with Moses, points not to some abolishing of the law (as so many often read it) but as an identifying feature of the Son doing that (work) which is uniquely the Fathers. This is the point of the “signs”, and it is the point of the four witnesses to Jesus’ identity that Jesus witness to Himself (John the Baptist, the signs themsleves, the Father, and finally Moses). It is the point of the I Am statements.

It is revealing that on the basis of these witnesses it is said to be Moses who will file charges against them. Which, when reflected upon, can only arise because of Jesus’ identity being tied to the idea of embodying the story of Torah, the very place where we then see Him as one with the Father. To know Jesus is to know Torah, to know Torah is to know Jesus by way of a Jesus hermeneutic.

Published by davetcourt

I am a 40 something Canadian with a passion for theology, film, reading writing and travel.

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