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-Christian views of the [[Old Covenant]] have been central to [[Christian theology]] and [[Orthopraxy#Christianity|practice]] since the [[Circumcision controversy in early Christianity#Circumcision controversy|circumcision controversy in Early Christianity]]. There are differing views about the applicability of the Old Covenant among [[Christian denominations]]. Also referred to as [[Law of Moses|Mosaic Law]], [[Divine Law]], Biblical Law, God's Law, or the ''Books of Moses'', the term ''Old Covenant'' refers to the statements or principles of [[religious law]] and [[religious ethics]] codified in the ''first five books'' or ''Pentateuch'' of the [[Christian Bible]]. There are diverse views of the issues involved, with many traditional Christians of the view that [[Supersessionism|only parts are applicable]], many Protestants with the view that [[Abrogation of Old Covenant laws|none is applicable]] and a minority with the view that [[Jewish Christianity|all are still applicable]] to believers in [[Jesus]] and the [[New Covenant]].+The [[Mosaic covenant]] or [[Law of Moses]] which [[Christians]] generally call the [[Mosaic covenant#Christianity|"Old Covenant"]] (in contrast to the [[New Covenant]]){{snd}} has played an important role in the [[Origins of Christianity|shaping of Christianity]] and has occasioned serious dispute and controversy since the beginnings of Christianity: note for example [[Jesus in Christianity|Jesus]]' [[Matthew 5#Antitheses|critique of the Law]] during his [[Sermon on the Mount]], the [[circumcision controversy in early Christianity]], and the [[incident at Antioch]] which has led{{citation needed|date=December 2015}} scholars to dispute the relationship between [[Paul the Apostle and Judaism]].
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 +[[Rabbinic Judaism]] asserts that Moses presented the [[Halakha|Jewish religious laws]] to the [[Jewish people]] and that those laws do not apply to [[gentiles]] (including Christians), with the exception of the [[Seven Laws of Noah]], which (it teaches) apply to all people.
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 +Many Christians believe that [[Supersessionism|only parts are applicable]], others believe that [[Abrogation of Old Covenant laws|none apply]], [[Dual-covenant theology|dual-covenant theologians]] believe that the Old Covenant remains valid only for Jews, and a minority have the view that [[Jewish Christianity|all parts still apply]] to believers in Jesus and in the New Covenant.
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* [[Canon law]] * [[Canon law]]
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The Mosaic covenant or Law of Moses which Christians generally call the "Old Covenant" (in contrast to the New Covenant)Template:Snd has played an important role in the shaping of Christianity and has occasioned serious dispute and controversy since the beginnings of Christianity: note for example Jesus' critique of the Law during his Sermon on the Mount, the circumcision controversy in early Christianity, and the incident at Antioch which has ledTemplate:Citation needed scholars to dispute the relationship between Paul the Apostle and Judaism.

Rabbinic Judaism asserts that Moses presented the Jewish religious laws to the Jewish people and that those laws do not apply to gentiles (including Christians), with the exception of the Seven Laws of Noah, which (it teaches) apply to all people.

Many Christians believe that only parts are applicable, others believe that none apply, dual-covenant theologians believe that the Old Covenant remains valid only for Jews, and a minority have the view that all parts still apply to believers in Jesus and in the New Covenant.

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