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Organic continuity between judaism and christianity

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Judaism and Christianity had a strong organic relationship in the theology of Johann Tobias Beck (18041878). Presenting the faithfulness of God, Beck uses a vivid seed-tree imagery, making Abraham the point where God enters in to show his faithfulness; this decisive point was chosen from among humanity as the place where the seed of salvation would attach itself. To Beck, the argument of Romans revolves around Judaism and the Law: against a syncretism with a Law-centred Judaism, and against an exclusiveness towards the same. As Tholuck, Beck polemicises against the view in Baurs commentary on Romans that it opposed the Jewish Christians of Rome. In Romans 911, Beck returns to the divine economy when the development of salvation is brought to fulfilment, linking the original limitation of Israels salvation to the uniting of Jews and Gentiles in a common salvation.

Keywords: Abraham; Christianity; Johann Tobias Beck; Judaism; Romans; salvation



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