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Paul, Torah, and Judaism in Galatians and Romans

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Chapter Summary

This chapter summarizes the argument of the preceeding chapters of this book and draws some conclusions. The book begins by posing the problem of Paul's intelligibility against the background of his Jewish heritage. How could the same Paul who considered Israel's gifts and call to be irrevocable say what he did about the Torah? The book imposes some order on the various answers given to that question during the last century. It shows that, at least in one of the most important aspects of Paul's theology, the picture of Paul is too stark. Paul's understanding of the law in the two epistles where he speaks of it most extensively, therefore, can be explained on the basis of an eschatological pattern common in Judaism. Paul's view of the law in Romans and Galatians, then, is intelligible on the basis of Jewish presuppositions and does not derive solely from his christology.

Keywords: Galatians; Israel; Jewish heritage; Paul's view of the law; Romans; Torah



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