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The majority of studies on Paul have taken a similar perspective—one well entrenched in the contemporary Church. This perspective might be generally characterized as follows:
  • When Paul came to faith in Jesus, he underwent a conversion from one religion (Judaism) to another (Christianity). He left the works-based religion of Judaism for the new grace-based religion of Christianity.
  • In his conversion, he came to realize that Judaism was based upon works because it continued to cling to the Law. Thus, he taught against the Law (Torah) in order to unshackle the people from its burden and bring them to see the liberty of grace in Jesus.
  • As the Apostle to the Gentiles, he consistently led them away from Torah, fearing they might be trapped in its legalism the same way his own people were.
But can such a perspective be honestly maintained if Paul is read objectively? Did he convert to Christianity? Did he invent Christianity? Did Christianity as we know it even exist in his day? And what about the many times he appeals to the Torah as proof of his message? How could he describe the Torah as “holy,” “righteous,” and “good,” and commend its message as “spiritual,” while at the same time teaching it was burdensome and something to be avoided?

In The Letter Writer, Tim Hegg reveals a different Paul—one who maintained his Jewish identity and love of Torah; an Apostle of Yeshua the Messiah who not only lived an obedient Torah-life himself, but expected those he taught to do the same. In The Letter Writer, Paul is seen to be both the Apostle of grace and of Torah, because the Torah, when received in the context of faith in Yeshua, is God’s revelation of sanctifying grace.

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The Letter Writer: Paul's Backgroumd and Torah P September 15, 2016
Reviewer: Gary Murphy from Nipomo, CA United States  
Still working and digesting it, haven't finished it all but excellent so far. I really appreciate how Torah Resource provides documentation and references to prove their point. Very well done, thank you! Bought extra copies to share with family.

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Read it like a novel! March 25, 2016
Reviewer: Kellie Lund from Centralia, WA United States  
Excellent placement of Paul into his Jewish and historical context!

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The Letter Writer June 14, 2015
Reviewer: Laura Huston from New Florence, PA United States  
Love this book!  Thank you, Tim, for all the work you put in to researching Paul's background.  It is very helpful when trying to understand Paul's writings.

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Paul's background October 25, 2014
Reviewer: shean unger from tucson, AZ United States  
great help in understanding

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Incredible book! January 5, 2009
Reviewer: Michael D. from GA United States  
After being in church all of my life and learning the bible from the pew perspective that I had, so many things just didnt add up.  So many of Paul's writings seemed to contradict other parts.  But, you just accepted the way they twisted it to "make it fit" their particular denominational teachings, which overall really gave the awful impression that G-d and the bible seem somewhat fickle and unpredictable and very hard to understand.
NOT ANYMORE! the missing pieces to a puzzle I have been trying unsucessfully to put together all of my life, just fell in place all by themselves- with no effort- no twisting- no forcing: When you read Paul in CONTEXT- there is no more confusion, no more reading one thing here- then reading something subtly different there!!  You see the flow and validity of ALL scripture and you rejoice that there are NO CONTRADICTIONS AT ALL!
Thank you for being a vessel used of God!  This book was life changing!

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