If You Call Yourself a Jew

If You Call Yourself a Jew

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If You Call Yourself a Jew reads Romans as a dialogue between Paul and a Gentile proselyte to Judaism. This fresh reading brings Romans into focus as Paul's exposition of the revelation of God's righteousness--his faithfulness to his covenant promises to Abraham, which climaxed in the announcement that qin you all the tribes of the earth will be blessedq (Gen 12:3). Paul insists that the righteousness of God is revealed, qfor the Jew first as well as for the Greek, q not through Torah but through the faith(fullness) of Jesus. Torah and the prophets provide corroborating witness for God's righteousness, but Gentiles who bend their necks to Torah's yoke miss the actual mechanism for finding peace with God. Paul found in the story of Jesus the image of complete faith in/faithfulness to God; in Jesus' resurrection he found the image of God's complete faithfulness, qfor the Jew first as well as for the Greek.q Whereas Torah resulted in curse and death, it also anticipated the unconditional faithfulness of God for both Jew and Gentile. For Paul, the gospel of Jesus Christ is the account of the outworking of God's faithfulness: the end of Torah's curses and the fulfillment of its blessings.How ironic, then, that watsona#39;s essay comes bound in the very same volume as Dasa#39;s essay, a€œThe Gentile-encoded audience of romans, a€ which arguesa€”not assumes!a€”on the basis of a a€œconsistent and conspicuousa€ identification of Paula#39;s anbsp;...

Title:If You Call Yourself a Jew
Author:Rafael Rodríguez
Publisher:Wipf and Stock Publishers - 2014-10-29


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