The Melchizedek Two-Book Theory Debunked? | Torah to the Tribes Response

by Matthew Nolan | Topical Teaching

THE MELCHIZEDEK TWO-BOOK THEORY DEBUNKED

Book of the Law vs. Book of the Covenant

Torah to the Tribes Response

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Right out of the gate the title “DEBUNKED” suggests that the author believes that the opposing view is not merely untrue but a ‘laughable sham and foolish nonsense’ (Webster’s dictionary). Titling a paper about differing biblical viewpoints (the study of theology) in this manner reveals an offhanded, disparaging and cavalier approach by the author to the serious subject of distinction in law – “a change of law” (Genesis 49:10, Hebrews 7:12).

If the book of the covenant and the book of the law are one and the same as our author assumes, then what ‘Torah’ sanctioned change of law does our author actually recognize?  Throughout this article the author takes the position of a ‘NO change of law’ which is a contradiction to the written Word of both the Old Testament & New Testament (Genesis 49:10 & Hebrews 7:12).

Adding ‘Jesus’ to Judaism is not the answer and is rightly rejected by both Christianity and Judaism itself.

“The Melchizedek two-book theory debunked” position is one of propagating the status quo ‘one book theory’ accepted by both Christianity and Judaism for the past 2000 years which denies the ‘Torah’ and ‘New Testament’ sanctioned “a change also of the law;” which leads both religions to draw opposite but equally erroneous conclusions about the redemptive work of Messiah.

Torah to the Tribes position, in contrast, is one of viewing Torah as applicable in its New Covenant administration under Melchizedek Yahusha recognizing “a change also of the law” which is uniquely distinct from both Judaism and Christianity. Torah to the Tribes believes this position should be at least studied with merit before being dismissed offhand. Hebrews 7:12 For the priesthood being changed, there is made of necessity a change also of the law.

  A) Either the law has changed with Yahusha
       <OR>
  B) The law was not changed. If B) is true (which our author believes) then we’re left with one of two choices:

  1. To be lawless (the law in its entirety is done away with, Christianity’s position – a status quo position)
  2. To be Judaized (the law is unchanged and we’re to keep it in its entirety, including animal sacrifices – The Judaizing of ‘Jesus’ – a status quo position)

I offer a final and third option; but it is contingent on accepting the truth of A):

  1. The New Testament has been given as MalkiTzedik Book of the Covenant-Torah based upon the better promises given to Abraham (Hebrews 8:6 Gk: ‘nomotheteō’, Ephesians 2:12, Galatians 3:16).

Torah to the Tribes believes A) and 3.  

We find B)  1. and 2. to be unacceptable, against the written testimony of The Word; either lawless pagan syncretism or Judaizing.

We have chosen the narrow way A) (3): The law has changed, the New Testament has been given as MalkiTzedik Book of the Covenant-Torah based upon the better promises given to Abraham (Hebrews 7:12, 8:6, Ephesians 2:12, Galatians 3:16).

Hebrews 8:6 But now hath he obtained a more excellent ministry, by how much also he is the mediator of a better covenant, which was given as torah based upon better promises.  

Torah to the Tribes believe the bible demands us to thoroughly investigate its language and context; especially in the light of the High Priesthood of Yahusha before we dismiss offhandedly a distinction between the Book of the Covenant and the Book of the law  – a distinction in law.

The Exodus 24:7: Book of the Covenant:  Hebrew: Sepher ספר Brit בּרית – proposed, accepted, blood ratified, and meal confirmed brit given as torah (Hebrews 8:6,10 Greek: diathēkē)

Deuteronomy 28:6: Book of the Law: Hebrew: Sepher ספר torah תּורה – torah void of a proposal, acceptance, blood ratification and covenant confirming meal (NT Greek: nomos)

Linguistically, textually we have unconnected and disparate words in the Masoretic Text, Septuagint and New Testament – three textual witnesses to these Sepherim/books NOT being one and the same!

Both are torah: one is Melchizedek covenant; the other is the “added” and “imposed” “school master” – law contained in ordinances (Ephesians 2:15).

Deuteronomy 31:36 Take this book of the law, and put it in the side of the ark of the covenant of YHWH  your Elohim, that it may be there for a witness against thee.

Hebrews 7:11 If therefore perfection were by the Levitical priesthood, (for under it the people received the law,)

But the Book of the Covenant law/torah was given at Sinai in Exodus 19-Exodus 24 before there was ever a Levitical priesthood. So another; separate and distinct law (the book of the law) was given as a result of the Levitical Priesthood; which was a result of the Golden Calf breach.

Hebrews 7:12  For the priesthood being changed, there is made of necessity a change also of the law.

Galatians 3:10 For as many as are of the works of the law are under the curse: for it is written, Cursed is everyone that continueth not in all things which are written in the book of the law to do them.

Galatians 3:12 And the law is not of faith: but, The man that doeth them shall live in them.

But in Exodus 19.8 & Exodus 24:3 the children of Israel answered; “all that יהוה has spoken we will do.” and they accepted the Book of the Covenant law IN FAITH, so Galatians 3:12 CANNOT be referring to Book of the Covenant but a SEPARATE law that was NOT OF FAITH.  

The Book of the law wasn’t added by faith, but for transgression:

Galatians 3:19 Wherefore then serveth the law? It was added because of transgressions.

A clear distinction in books. A clear distinction in law!

One accepted in faith – the book of the covenant.

One imposed for transgressions at the Golden Calf and the added Levitical priesthood – the book of the law, No longer a nation of priests but denigrated to a nation WITH A priest.

Galatians 3:24 Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Messiah, that we might be justified by faith. 25  But after that faith is come, we are no longer under a schoolmaster.

Romans 3:21 But now the righteousness of Elohim  (Malki-Tzadik) without the law is manifested, being witnessed by the law and the prophets.

Romans 3:31 Do we then make void the law through faith? Elohim forbid: yea, we establish the law. (We establish the Book of the Covenant – law)

Hebrews 10:8 Sacrifice and offering and burnt offerings and offering for sin thou wouldest not, neither hadst pleasure therein; which are offered by the law.

Hebrews 10:9  Then said he, Lo, I come to do thy will, O Elohim. He taketh away the first, that he may establish the second.

‘First’ – ‘Second!’ Another clear separation and distinction.

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