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Paul's 'works of the law' in the perspective of second century reception

Author: Matthew J Thomas
Publisher: Tübingen : Mohr Siebeck, [2018] ©2018
Series: Wissenschaftliche Untersuchungen zum Neuen Testament., 2. Reihe ;, 468.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Paul writes that we are justified by faith apart from 'works of the law', a disputed term that represents a fault line between 'old' and 'new' perspectives on Paul. Was the Apostle reacting against the Jews' good works done to earn salvation, or the Mosaic Law's practices that identified the Jewish people? Matthew J. Thomas examines how Paul's second century readers understood these points in conflict, how they  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Named Person: Paul, the Apostle Saint.; Paul, the Apostle Saint.
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Matthew J Thomas
ISBN: 9783161562754 3161562755 316156281X 9783161562815
OCLC Number: 1048877370
Notes: Revision of author's thesis (D. Phil.)--University of Oxford, 2016 under title: Early perspectives on works of the law : a patristic study.
Description: xv, 269 pages ; 24 cm.
Contents: Introduction, theory and methodology --
The old perspective on works of the law --
The new perspective on works of the law --
The Didache (C) --
The Epistle of Barnabas (C) --
Ignatius of Antioch (B): Epistle to the Magnesians and Epistle to the Philadelphians --
Escursus I: Second century fragments --
The epistle to Diognetus (B) --
The Apology of Aristides (C) --
Excursus II: The Ebionites, Marcion, and Ptolemy --
Justin Martyr (A): Dialogue with Trypho --
Melito of Sardis (B): Peri Pascha --
Irenaeus of Lyon (A): Against heresies and Demonstration of the apostolic preaching --
Conclusions.
Series Title: Wissenschaftliche Untersuchungen zum Neuen Testament., 2. Reihe ;, 468.
Responsibility: Matthew J. Thomas.

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Paul writes that we are justified by faith apart from 'works of the law', a disputed term that represents a fault line between 'old' and 'new' perspectives on Paul. Was the Apostle reacting against the Jews' good works done to earn salvation, or the Mosaic Law's practices that identified the Jewish people? Matthew J. Thomas examines how Paul's second century readers understood these points in conflict, how they relate to 'old' and 'new' perspectives, and what their collective witness suggests about the Apostle's own meaning. Surprisingly, these early witnesses align closely with the 'new' perspective, though their reasoning often differs from both viewpoints. They suggest that Paul opposes these works neither due to moralism, nor primarily for experiential or social reasons, but because the promised new law and covenant, which are transformative and universal in scope, have come in Christ. -- ‡c From publisher’s description.

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