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By investigating the precise relationship between grace, human transformation, and obedience in Paul against the backdrop of other Jewish perspectives, this introduction chapter of the book moves the Jewish debate another step beyond old and new perspective paradigms. It focuses on the interpretative traditions surrounding Deuteronomy 30, Jeremiah 31, and Ezekiel 36-37 with an eye to unlocking Second Temple views about grace and agency, transformation and obedience. The chapter situates the passages from Deuteronomy, Jeremiah, and Ezekiel within the larger context of each book ad begins by outlining two distinct ways in which Deuteronomy 30:1-14 can be read, each holding various implications for the interaction between divine agency and the competence of moral agents. It investigates how these passages were read in and around the Second Temple period. The first issue that requires discussion concerns what models are available for relating divine and human agency.

Keywords: Deuteronomy; divine agency; Ezekiel; grace; human agency; human transformation; Jeremiah; Jewish perspectives; Paul; Second Temple period



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