Tuesday, 6 October 2015
The Jewish-Christian Schism Revisited,
John Howard Yoder, SCM Press, 2003, page 171
Yoder's second unique mark of Diaspora Judaism is:
the phenomenon of Torah; a text around the reading and exposition of which the community is defined. This text is at once narrative and legal.
This emerges in the Jerusalem Council; after listing the four commandments to which the Gentile churches and believers are to be subject, James adds, "For from ancient generations Moses has had in every city those who proclaim him, for he is read every Sabbath in the synagogues" (Acts 15:21). The Torah remains a critical component of who the church should be. Of course, this is supplemented by the gospels and letters, but the Hebrew Scriptues define what it is to be a follower of the G-d of Israel.