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SCRIPTURE, MISHNAH, AND CONFESSIONS

by PAUL R. GILCHRIST in Vol. 2 No. 1 / Apr 2016

DOI: https://doi.org/10.35285/ucc2.1.2016.art4



“Scripture, Mishnah, and the Confessions” examines the rabbinic sayings of the Pharisees at the time of Christ, the “oral law of Moses” that ultimately was written down in a.d. 200. These Mishnaic interpretations thought to apply the Old Testament to their new culture. The author notes that church leaders, wittingly or unwittingly, elevate their formal documents to the same level of authority in seeking to adjust to changing cultures. This tendency is observed in the history of the church, whether Romanism or liberalism, fundamentalism or evangelicalism, and sometimes in confessional church circles.

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