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Paul, the Law, and the Jewish People by E. P. Sanders

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By E. P. Sanders

This e-book is dedicated either to the matter of Paul's view of the legislation as an entire, and to his considered and relation to his fellow Jews. construction upon his past examine, the severely acclaimed Paul and Palestinian Judaism, E.P. Sanders explores Paul's Jewishness by means of targeting his total courting to Jewish culture and notion. Sanders addresses such subject matters as Paul's use of scripture, the measure to which he used to be a working towards Jew in the course of his occupation as apostle to the Gentiles, and his innovations approximately his "kin via race" who didn't settle for Jesus because the messiah. in brief, Paul's techniques in regards to the legislations and his personal individuals are re-examined with new know-how and nice care. Sanders addresses a major bankruptcy within the background of the emergence of Christianity. Paul's position in that improvement -- in particular in gentle of Galatians and Romans -- is now re-evaluated in an immense means. This ebook is in truth an important contribution to the research of the emergent normative self-definition in Judaism and Christianity in the course of the first centuries of the typical period.

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54 The sequence of thought sounds plausible, but it does not appear to be Paul's, 55 nor that of any form of contemporary Judaism. 27 PAUL AND THE LAW This brings us to a general consideration which has a significant bearing on the understanding of the source of Paul's view of the law. Hübner thinks that Paul's argument is governed not by his Christian convictions (Gal. 2:21), but by his Pharisaic view of the law. He is able to argue that the burden of Paul's opposition to the law in Galatians falls on human in ability to fulfill all of it because he depicts Paul as a Shammaite who thought that the law must be observed without exception.

21 It is certainly true that the word "all" appears in the quotation of Deut. 20 THE LAW IS NOT AN ENTRANCE REQUIREMENT 27:26 in Gal. 3:10. It may nevertheless be asked whether or not the thrust of Paul's argument is that the law should not be accepted because it is impossible to do all of it. 22 I wish to bring forward three considerations against that view. In the first place, we should consider how Paul chooses the quotations in Galatians 3. The argument is terminological. It depends on finding prooftexts for the view that Gentiles are righteoused by jaith.

Paul's argument in Romans 9-11, as far as it concerns the law, is also based on his view of the facts of soteriology. For the purpose of the present discussion we shall consider only Rom. 9:30-10: 13. This passage, or part of it, at first blush offers the best proof that Paul's argument against the law is really against a legalistic way of observing it. Further, the passage has been taken to prove that Paul accuses Judaism, or at least non-Christian Jews, of legalism. This understanding can be grounded on one plausible reading of 9:30-32a and emphasizing ten idian in 10:3.

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