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Paul and "Biblical Theology'"

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This chapter brings two entities into relationship with one another, and to discuss the light which the one sheds on the other. The first of these entities, the apostle Paul, is a controversial figure, controversial to his contemporaries, controversial still today, and particularly controversial, too, in relation to that aspect of his life and thought which most concerns, his relation to his Jewish heritage which is implicit in the reference to "biblical theology". For at this very point his fellow Jews considered him to have betrayed their ancestral traditions and his own; there is no reason to dispute the accuracy of the suspicions voiced concerning Paul in Acts 21.21, that he taught "apostasy from Moses". The other entity, "biblical theology", has been placed in inverted commas, as a warning sign, not least in order to highlight the lack of agreement over what is meant by the phrase.

Keywords: biblical theology; Jewish Law; Paul



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