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Keeping the commandments of God
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Paul and the Law
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The apostle Paul's relationship to the Law of Moses is notoriously complex and much studied. Difficulties begin with questions of definition (of the extent of Paul's corpus and the meanings of 'the law') and are exacerbated by numerous problems of interpretation of the key texts. Major positions are entrenched, yet none of them seems to know what to do with all the pieces of the puzzle. Inextricably linked to Paul's view of the law is his teaching concerning salvation history, Israel, the church, anthropology, ethics and eschatology. Understanding 'Paul and the law' is critical to the study of the New Testament, because it touches on the perennial question of the relationship between the grace of God in the gift of salvation and the demand of God in the call for holy living. Misunderstanding can lead to distortions of one or both.
This fresh and valuable study is something of a breakthrough, bringing neglected evidence to the discussion and asking different questions of the material, while also building on the work of others. Brian Rosner argues that Paul undertakes a polemical re-evaluation of the Law of Moses, which involves not only its repudiation as law-covenant and its replacement by other things, but also its wholehearted re-appropriation as prophecy (with reference to the gospel) and as wisdom (for Christian living).
Paul and the Law by Brian S Rosner was published by Apollos in June 2013 and is our 38342nd best seller. The ISBN for Paul and the Law is 9781844748914.
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Paul and the LawDavid Ford, via The Good Book Stall
The search for consistency in Paul has occupied many a theologian's academic career; arguments continue to rage, of course, as to which letters are of Paul and which are Pauline. Some solve this predicament by focusing only on Romans and Galatians, an approach Rosner firmly rejects.
Instead Rosner seeks a hermeneutical solution in a study that extends across 9 of the 13 books that comprise the corpus of Paul. He identifies a three-stage process that is evident - to different degrees - in all of Paul's letters (setting aside the very short epistles). Rosner argues that with consistency Paul repudiates, replaces and reappropriates (as prophecy or wisdom) the law. These "signature steps" are clearly evident and provide the basis for discerning a unity in Paul's writing that otherwise can easily elude us.
The excellence of Paul and the Law extends beyond the readable text to the clarity of Rosner's tabular presentation of his arguments and comprehensive indexes.
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'Brian Rosner's strength lies in showing with patience and clarity how the apostle Paul articulates an array of complementary but quite different stances toward the law... This is a book to read slowly and appreciatively...' - D. A. Carson
‘I have to confess that I find many discussions of Paul and the Law of Moses to be monumentally dull and uninspiring. Not so this one! It has held my interest right through, and I have appreciated especially the ways in which it examines the texts closely and shows that the key to understanding Paul on this topic lies in close attention to the details of his wording that differentiate the relationships between the Law and Jews and Gentiles and indicate its different functions. This is a fresh solution to a difficult puzzle that may sadly be overlooked by its publication in a readable-level series rather than in a technical reader-unfriendly one with a maze of references and footnotes. It fully deserves to be placed alongside such profound classics as C. H. Dodd’s According to the Scriptures, which is written in the same limpid manner.’
I. Howard Marshall, Professor Emeritus of New Testament, University of Aberdeen
‘One of the great frustrations of scholars is that even when they think they have made a valid and valuable point, sometimes it seems as if no one is listening. This complaint however could never be made against Brian Rosner and his new book on Paul and the Law. The book is in part a response to my lament that his previous work did not explicate the various ways Paul viewed the Mosaic law and the Mosaic covenant. Rosner has responded to this complaint with gusto, providing us with one of the best overall treatments of Paul and the Law I have ever seen. Unlike some treatments, Rosner does not try to over-simplify or over-synthesize the various things Paul says about the Law, but rather allows the complexity and variety of Paul's views on the subject to shine through plainly. His insight that Paul reads the Old Testament, including the Law, as both prophecy and wisdom that is of value and help to Christians is crucial. Highly recommended.’
Ben Witherington, III, Amos Professor of NT for Doctoral Studies, Asbury Theological Seminary, Doctoral Faculty, St. Andrews University, Scotland
Details for Paul and the Law
|Page last updated||23rd March 2017|
|Author / Artist||Brian S Rosner|
|Publisher||Apollos (June 2013)|
|Number of Pages||256|