Conflicts with Judaism and the pervasive cultural influence of Hellenism led to the Church losing touch with its Hebraic heritage, a loss that continues to hobble Christian biblical exegesis to this day.
Was Paul the inventor of Christianity? Did he leave Judaism to form the doctrines of a new religion? Derek Leman writes from a Messianic Jewish perspective, presenting Paul as a Torah-faithful follower of the Jewish Messiah. Yet Paul was called to the non-Jewish peoples to bring the good news of Yeshua (Jesus). Leman explains Paul's practice in Acts, his distinction between Jewish and Gentile relationship to Torah, and how his letters reflect the way of life he taught non-Jews in Christ.