Paul and Judaism Revisited

Paul and Judaism Revisited : A Study of Divine and Human Agency in Salvation

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Preaching's Preacher's Guide to the Best Bible Reference for 2014 (Pauline Studies) Ever since E. P. Sanders publishedPaul and Palestinian Judaism in 1977, students of Paul have been probing, weighing and debating the similarities and dissimilarities between the understandings of salvation in Judaism and in Paul. Do they really share a common notion of divine and human agency? Or do they differ at a deep level? And if so, how? Broadly speaking, the answers have lined up on either side of the old perspective and new perspective divide. But can we move beyond this impasse? Preston Sprinkle reviews the state of the question and then tackles the problem. Buried in the Old Testament's Deuteronomic and prophetic perspectives on divine and human agency, he finds a key that starts to turn the rusted lock on Paul's critique of Judaism. Here is a proposal that offers a new line of investigation and thinking about a crucial issue in Pauline theology.
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  • Paperback | 256 pages
  • 20 x 152 x 22.86mm | 408g
  • Inter-Varsity Press,US
  • Illinois, United States
  • English
  • 0830827099
  • 9780830827091
  • 691,155

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"Why is Paul so preoccupied with the law and related issues when his calling is simply to proclaim the Christian gospel? According to what was once a 'new' perspective on Paul, his statements have nothing to do with a prioritizing of divine over human action; rather, his concern is to resist the assumption that nonobservance of Torah debars Gentiles from the sphere of God's gracious covenant. Reading Paul alongside other Jewish texts of the Second Temple period, Preston Sprinkle shows conclusively that issues of divine and human agency cannot so easily be sidelined. They are present in Paul's text both because they are integral to his gospel and because they are deeply embedded in a scripturally shaped discourse in which he continues to participate."--Francis Watson, Durham University, UK
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