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Here's my theology prof. friend's take:

I think the author is thinking more like Paul and the Jewish rabbis than an evangelical or modern thinker. There was, has been, and will continue to be debates among Jewish rabbis as to what the Law is. First off, the word Torah can mean "teachings" so even the word "law" might be suspect. Second, when Jews talk about the law they are not talking about the laws...rules or commandments as much as the meaning, purpose, and power behind the law. The laws or teachings are kinds of the body while the Torah is the soul.

so, this author might be thinking more like Paul who sees the Torah or spirit of the teachings shedding its physicality and living in our hearts....

It's confusing when two very different ideas use the same word.
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