‘These are the descendants of Noah. Noah was a righteous man, blameless in his generation; Noah walked with God.’
‘There was once a man in the land of Uz whose name was Job. That man was blameless and upright, one who feared God and turned away from evil.’
‘Was not our ancestor Abraham justified by works when he offered his son Isaac on the altar?’
‘In the days of King Herod of Judea, there was a priest named Zechariah, who belonged to the priestly order of Abijah. His wife was a descendant of Aaron, and her name was Elizabeth. Both of them were righteous before God, living blamelessly according to all the commandments and regulations of the Lord.’
There are in fact many examples of people in the Torah who were described as “righteous before God”. Not one believed Jesus died for them. Noah, Abraham and Job lived long before the Law was given to Moses. Zechariah and Elizabeth lived under the Law.
(All quotations from the NRSV).