This book presents a reasoned and convincing argument for Torah observance for Messiah's followers today. Framed in the Scriptures and engaged with biblical scholarship, McKee argues for the ongoing validity of Torah for Messiah's disciples.
Practical, Scriptural rebuttals to anti-Torah beliefs are explained in detail. McKee's arguments for Torah play out as responses to the arguments of a typical evangelical pastor who believes the Law is done away with. I found this technique practical. So many of us have heard these exact arguments preached from the pulpit and parroted by our Christian friends; having straightforward answers presented with detail and brevity gives us a solid base for defending our convictions.
Is the Law only for Jews? Or only for the ancients? The book addresses this argument in detail, showing from Scripture and Jewish scholarship that God's instruction predated Sinai. He lays a foundational understanding that sees God's instruction as timeless, instruction applicable to today's believers.
Or was the Law only a stopgap measure until Christ? This commonly-held Christian view has some basis in the New Testament Scriptures, where Paul states in Galatians that the Law was added "until the seed would come to whom the promise had been made." But does it mean the Law is now useless since Messiah's arrival? McKee shows how this couldn't be a proper interpretation in light of Messiah's own statements on the enduring nature of the Torah (Matthew 5:17-20) and indeed in light of the Scriptures broad view of the Torah. McKee offers an interpretation that sits in harmony with Messiah and the Scriptures: it speaks of the Torah's powerlessness to provide final redemption.
McKee addresses nearly 30 verses - literally every verse used against Torah observance I've heard in my 20 or more years in the Messianic movement - and provides answers that are engaged with modern scholarship, given in light of the Greek text, and supported in the broad view of the Scriptures.
Take for example his dealing with the difficult passage in Romans 8:2, "For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and of death."
Does this mean Jesus has set us free from the Torah?
McKee examines the Greek text to find "tou hamartias kai tou thanatou" (the law of sin and death) may not actually refer to the Mosaic Law. But if it did, he reasons, it would then mean commandments such as "You shall not murder" - laws designed to prevent death, are somehow producing death. Non sequitur.
McKee suggests two alternative views of this Scripture, interpretations that do no harm to the Torah and fit within the Scripture's broad view of the Torah. He concludes by citing Christian scholarship, where N.T. Wright interprets the verse as the Torah remaining God's law, not responsible for bringing death, but instead continuing to be active in a believer's life (pp 113-114).
This same thorough, Scriptural analysis is typical in the book. For the nearly 30 verses traditionally presented against Torah observance, McKee gives detailed responses, answers that consult scholarship, examine the Greek text, and sit in harmony with the broad view of the Scriptures.
The book concludes with practical advice for believers looking into the Messianic lifestyle, advising a gradual approach to Torah observance that keeps Messiah's command at the center.
The New Testament Validates Torah is a guide for believers seeking holiness in God's commandments. Scriptural and engaged with biblical scholarship, it equips believers with the truth of God's Torah and amplifies your ability to defend your convictions from the Scriptures. Grab the book and see for yourself.