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A development, I think. Can't say for sure.Is Paul's example the gold standard to Christians, when it comes to deciding what the spirit of a law means? Or was the a development, further discussion over the centuries?
All part of the 'faith and works debate ... justification by faith alone, sola scriptura, etc.I seem to remember that the Reformers, Zwingli, Calvin et al. were struggling to find the right balance, from "first principles" based solely on scripture, regarding this question.
I rather think by the 3rd century the Christians were generally so ill-informed of Jewish Law that they assumed all of it had been abrogated. It was a problem from the get-go, and one that Paul himself struggled with, although in my book he came down on the side of a Covenant made between God and Israel is not abrogated by the appearance of Christianity ... that's buried somewhere in the dense theology of his letter to the Romans.So the food purity laws were abrogated (except where explicit worship of pagan deities was involved). The laws regarding divorce were abrogated by Jesus himself. Which other laws/commandments did Christians have discussions about, how to live or keep them?