Understanding Supersessionism and the Controversy over a TBM Article (Ari Lamm)

A couple of weeks ago, The Biblical Mind published an article by Michael LeFebvre titled Jesus Restored the Original Purpose of the Law in the New Testament. Some readers expressed concern that the article endorsed supersessionist views. Not intending to suggest supersessionism, Michael revised some language in the article to address the concerns. It was retitled Jesus’ Concept of the Law in the New Testament. Some Christians readers said they didn’t fully understand the reaction.

In response, Rabbi Dr. Ari Lamm joined the podcast to explain supersessionism, the relationship between Christianity and Judaism, and the reaction to some language in Michael’s original article.

Show notes:

  • 0:26 What the original title possibly conveyed
  • 4:30 The relationship between Judaism and Christianity
  • 8:01 Integration of “new” and “old”
  • 9:40 Marcion’s argument
  • 14:34 Supersessionism
  • 18:58 Intention with words
  • 23:00 Response to comments 
  • 30:50 Ari’s stance on the article
  • 48:20 Why is “legalism” a bad word?
  • 55:06 The Pharisees are too lenient 

Show notes by Dominique LaCroix

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