The law and the prophets (Rom 3:21)

“But now,

Apart from the law,

The righteousness of God

Has been revealed

And is attested

By the law

And the prophets.”

Νυνὶ δὲ χωρὶς νόμου δικαιοσύνη Θεοῦ πεφανέρωται, μαρτυρουμένη ὑπὸ τοῦ νόμου καὶ τῶν προφητῶν,

Paul said that now, apart from the law (Νυνὶ δὲ χωρὶς νόμου), the righteousness of God has (δικαιοσύνη Θεοῦ) been disclosed or revealed (πεφανέρωται) and is attested (μαρτυρουμένη) by the law (ὑπὸ τοῦ νόμου) and the prophets (καὶ τῶν προφητῶν).  Paul indicated that the righteousness of God has been testified to by the law and the prophets, completely apart from the law itself.  The revelation of God’s righteousness can now be found without the law alone, since the law and the prophets spoke about it.  Do you accept the Torah law and the prophets?

The law and the prophets (Mt 5:17-5:17)

“Do not think

That I have come

To abolish

The law

Or the prophets!

I have come

Not to abolish them,

But to fulfil them.”

 

Μὴ νομίσητε ὅτι ἦλθον καταλῦσαι τὸν νόμον ἢ τοὺς προφήτας· οὐκ ἦλθον καταλῦσαι ἀλλὰ πληρῶσαι·

 

There is a similar statement in Luke, chapter 16:17, but without the same force. Once again, Matthew has Jesus address his disciples. He told them not to think that he had come to abolish the law and the prophets (Μὴ νομίσητε ὅτι ἦλθον καταλῦσαι τὸν νόμον ἢ τοὺς προφήτας). This reference to the law (τὸν νόμον) was to the Torah, the first 5 books of the Bible. The allusion to the prophets (τοὺς προφήτας) meant all the writings about the prophets, plus the works contained in the so-called historical works, basically the Old Testament or Hebrew scriptures. Quite the opposite, Jesus said that he had come to fulfill them (ἀλλὰ πληρῶσαι), not to abolish the law and the prophets. (οὐκ ἦλθον καταλῦσαι).