Liam---A careful reading of the Torah shows that the existence of an oral law was always assumed.<quoted text>
A careful reading of the Torah shows that the existence of an oral law was always assumed. Indeed, the Torah cannot be followed without that oral law, since the Torah has numerous places where it just says "do this" without ever explaining HOW to do it.
HughBe--- Greetings, Liam. Please read carefully the passages below and then fit in the ORAL law that you speak of.
" And when Moses had FINISHED writing the words of this LAW in a book to the very end,
25 He commanded the Levites who carried the ark of the covenant of the Lord,"
Focus on things like "Moses had FINISHED writing the words of this LAW"
"There was NOT a(ONE) word of ALL that Moses commanded, which Joshua read not before all the congregation of Israel"
My understanding from the above passages is that EVERYTHING that God command was written. So all ORAL laws are NOT from God but from men.