Children, I have something to tell you about the Law. It isn’t.
The word nómos may very well mean “law” in Academic Greek, the artificial Greek of Platonizing Academies – what do I know? But in the theological/technical lingo of the Septuagint and the NT, it doesn’t. It means “Tradition”.
Something that is passed on; given.
The same root occurs in kläronómo; to take ones lot in the Kingdom, to share, being part (for instance in 1 Cor 6.9-11).
Which is not about “inheritance” in a Canon law sense, because “property” did not exist before the “natural” (= idealistic, that is un-natural) legal theories of the 13th century.
The Inheritance belonged eschatologically to the House/Family/ Clan – that is over Time. Not individually to the person (who wasn’t defined as an “individual” before Modernity). Thence “lot”. It’s temporary.
And then we give away to the next generation. Tradition.
“Fiddler on the Roof.”
That tradition has been turned around to mean something un-altered, immovable received from “Fathers”, is a sign of what happened to Christianity in 2nd Millennium European Academia.
Idealism. Legalism. Works.
The loss of a sense of Time, the Time of Creation; of the sanctity of God’s Very Good Creation.
Speaking of Works, we all “know” for a received fact, that Judaism is legalistic and that the Pharisees were Bad. It ain’t true. Judaism never was legalistic, nor were the Pharisees legalistic in our (post 16th century Renaissance) understanding of the word (they certainly were more so than the vast majority in their own day).
The ethos of Judaism is not Merit; Qualification, as per Indo-European Philosophy, but an Accompaniment, something to go with being part.
To break a rule, to transgress, to trespass, is not to “sin” in a 12th century sense.
Judaism does not do Sin.
The LXX word translated as “sin”; amartía is what you do in Long Bows; you step over the line. This makes the arrow miss the mark – it will pass above and beyond!
We fail because we try too much. Not the other way around.
So, whenever you bring out the Good Book: forget “Law” – it’s Tradition.