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Jeremiah 23:26 makes a statement about false prophets, “How long will there be in the minds of the prophets – who prophecy falsehood – the prophets of their own deceitful minds the plan to make My people forget My name, by means of the dreams which they tell each other, just as their fathers forgot My name because of Baal?” It also states in verse 21, “I did not send those prophets but they rushed in; I did not speak to them, yet they prophesied” and in verse 16, “They are deluding you, the prophecies they speak are from their own minds, not from the mouth of the Lord.”

In addition to this admonishment of false prophets, it clearly tells us in verse 29 where a strong foundation is to be found in refuting these false prophets, “Behold, My word is like fire – declares the Lord – and like a hammer that shatters rock!” The Talmud, Sanhedrin 34a clarifies this further, “One Biblical verse may convey several teachings, but a single teaching cannot be deduced from different Scriptural verses. In R. Ishmael's School it was taught: And like in hammer that breaketh the rock in pieces.” So Jeremiah 23 refers to Biblical verses; the Torah.The Torah then must be the standard against which we check all prophets for accuracy.

Using the principles outlined above in Jeremiah 23 can help one to develop a good method of Biblical exegesis. Lets apply the rules gleaned from Jeremiah to an analysis of the Torah vs. Paul on the issue of circumcision.

The Torah covers circumcision, God’s covenant with Abraham in Genesis 17:9-14, quite lucidly. I’ll use this section to address Paul’s claims about circumcision, although in the style of Jeremiah and the Talmud, I will demonstrate how one Biblical verse alone “convey[s] several teachings” and refutes all of Paul’s claims surrounding circumcision – “shatter[ing] rock.”

Genesis 17:13, “they must be circumcised, home born, and purchased alike. Thus shall My covenant be marked in your flesh as an everlasting pact.”- All responses to Paul will be taken from this verse alone until others are specified.

Paul claimed in Acts 15:24, “We have heard that some who went out from us have troubled you with words, unsettling your souls, saying, ‘You must be circumcised to keep the law’ – to whom we gave no such commandment.”

The commandment that God gave, “They must be circumcised”

Paul claimed in Col. 3:11, “There is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcised nor uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave nor free, but Christ in all.”

God said, “They must be circumcised” demonstrating that there is, contrary to Paul’s claims, circumcised and uncircumcised, as well as, “Thus shall My covenant be marked in your flesh” demonstrating a distinction between those circumcised and not circumcised.

Paul claimed in Phil 3:3, “For we are the true circumcision, who worship God in spirit, and glory in Christ Jesus, and put no confidence in the flesh."

God stated that his true circumcision was, “Marked in your flesh.”

Paul said in Rom. 2:29, “real circumcision is a matter of the heart, spiritual and not literal.”

God said, “My covenant [shall] be marked in your flesh as an everlasting pact.” Circumcision of the flesh is quite literal.

Four of Paul’s claims on circumcision refuted by one Biblical verse alone should be enough to demonstrate that Paul is an example of a “lying prophet” whose claims were shattered by the Torah. But wait, there are even more, if we take all verses 9-14:

“God further said to Abraham, “As for you, you and your offspring to come throughout the ages shall keep My covenant. Such shall be the covenant between Me and you and your offspring to follow which you shall keep: every male among you shall be circumcised. You shall circumcise the flesh of your foreskin, and that shall be the sign of the covenant between Me and you. And throughout the generations, every male among you shall be circumcised at the age of eight days. As for the home born slave and the one bought from an outsider who is not of your offspring, they must be circumcised, home born and purchased alike. Thus shall My covenant be marked into your flesh as an everlasting pact. And if any male who is uncircumcised fails to circumcise the flesh of his foreskin, that person shall be cut off from his kin; he has broken my covenant.”

Paul claimed in Gal 6:13, “For not even those who are circumcised keep the law, but they desire to have you circumcised that they may glory in your flesh."

God said, “You and your offspring to come throughout the ages shall keep my covenant.”

Paul claimed in Acts 15:24, “We have heard that some who went out from us have troubled you with words, unsettling your souls, saying, ‘You must be circumcised to keep the law’ – to whom we gave no such commandment.”

God commanded, “Every male among you shall be circumcised.”

Paul said circumcision doesn’t avail in Gal. 5:6, “For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision avails anything, but faith working through love."

God warned that uncircumcision harms, “That person shall be cut off from his kin.”

Paul claimed in Gal 3:29, “And if you are Christ's, then you are Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise."

God said, “If any male who is uncircumcised fails to circumcise the flesh of his foreskin, that person shall be cut off from his kin; he has broken my covenant.”

Paul claimed in Phil 3:3, “For we are the true circumcision, who worship God in spirit, and glory in Christ Jesus, and put no confidence in the flesh."

And in Rom. 2:29, “real circumcision is a matter of the heart, spiritual and not literal.”

God said, “You shall circumcise the flesh of your foreskin.”

God repeated, “Thus shall My covenant be marked into your flesh.”

God added, “You shall be circumcised at the age of eight days.”

God confirmed, “If any male who is uncircumcised fails to circumcise the flesh of his foreskin, that person shall be cut off from his kin; he has broken my covenant.”

Paul claimed in Gal 3:24, "Therefore the law was our tutor to bring us to Christ, that we might be justified by faith."

God said, “Thus shall My covenant be marked into your flesh as an everlasting pact.”

Paul stated that being circumcised is not keeping the law; the Torah said it is keeping the law. Paul stated that he gave no command to be circumcised – but the Torah clearly states it as being so. Paul said uncircumcision is harmless; the Torah affirms that it is harmful. Paul believed that the uncircumcised were Abraham’s seed; the Torah stated that the uncircumcised were cut off. Paul preached of a metaphorical circumcision of the heart; the Torah taught of a literal circumcision in the flesh. Paul finally claimed that circumcision and the law were temporary; the Torah decreed they are everlasting.

Brief Notes on Paul’s Fallacy:

Comparing Paul’s various claims on circumcision the fallacy of the internal contradiction becomes evident. For example, Paul claims that he gave no command to be circumcised while at the same giving the command to be circumcised of the heart. He claims that those who are circumcised do not keep the law, while at the same time claiming that there is no law on circumcision.
This is just something to keep in mind when evaluating the two texts: the consistency of the Torah’s covenant of circumcision vs. the inconsistency of Paul’s claims about circumcision.

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