Jews, Gentiles and Ethnic Reconciliation: Paul's Jewish identity and EphesiansHardback Society for New Testament Studies in Monograph
- Publisher: CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS
- Format: Hardback | 324 pages
- Dimensions: 147mm x 224mm x 13mm | 340g
- Publication date: 4 April 2005
- Publication City/Country: Cambridge
- ISBN 10: 0521838312
- ISBN 13: 9780521838313
Much scholarship has focused on Paul's insistence on Gentile membership of the people of God equally with Jews. Dr Yee's study of Ephesians 2 reveals how the distinctively Jewish world view of the author of Ephesians underlies this key text. He explores how the Ephesians' author provides a resolution to one of the thorniest issues regarding two ethnic groups in the earliest period of Christianity: can Jew and Gentile, the two estranged human groups, be one (people of God) and if so, how? Setting Ephesians 2 as fully as possible into its historical context, he describes some of the relevant Jewish features and demonstrates them, revealing many explosive but hidden issues. This book provides an important contribution to the continuing reassessment of Christian and Jewish self-understanding in regard to each other during the critical period of the latter decades of the first century CE.
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Tet-Lim N. Yee is Research Director, City and Culture Research Centre, Malaysia and also Honorary Research Associate, Theology Division, Chung-Chi College, The Chinese University of Hong Kong.
Review of the hardback: 'It is always stimulating to read a contribution to the highly acclaimed SNTS monograph series. Yee's volume is a revised version of his doctoral thesis ... Yee's book provides a good overview of previous discussion on Ephesians 2 and offers important exegetical insights.' Expository Times Review of the hardback: '... a detailed study of Eph. 2. ... well written, well argued and thoroughly researched.' Journal for the Study of the New Testament
Table of contents
Foreword J. D. G. Dunn; 1. Introduction; 2. Continuity or discontinuity? The new perspective on Ephesians, with reference to Ephesians 2:1-10; 3. 'You who were called the uncircumcision by the circumcision': Jews, gentiles and covenantal ethnocentrism (Ephesians 2:11-13); 4. 'He is our peace': Christ and ethnic reconciliation (Ephesians 2:14-18); 5. Israel and the new temple (Ephesians 2:19-22); 6. Summary and conclusions.