If You Call Yourself a Jew: Reappraising Paul's Letter to the Romans
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"If You Call Yourself a Jew' reads Paul's letter to the Romans as a dialogue between Paul and a gentile proselyte to Judaism. This fresh reading brings Romans into focus as Paul's exposition of the revelation of God's righteousness - his faithfulness to his covenant promises to Abraham, which is brought to climax in the announcement that "in you all the tribes of the earth will be blessed" (Genesis 12:3). Paul insists that the righteousness of God is revealed, "for the Jew first as well as for the Greek," not through Torah but through the faith(fullness) of Jesus. He concedes that Torah and the prophets provide corroborating witness for God's righteousness, but suggests that gentiles who bend their necks to Torah's yoke miss the actual mechanism for finding peace with God. Paul found in the story of Jesus the image of complete faith in and faithfulness to God. In Jesus' resurrection, he found the image of God's complete faithfulness, "for the Jew first as well as for the Greek." Whereas Torah resulted in curse and death, it also anticipated the unconditional faithfulness of God for both Jew and gentile.For Paul, the gospel of Jesus Christ is the account of the outworking of God's faithfulness: the end of Torah's curses and the fulfi lment of its blessings.
Rafael Rodriguez is Professor of New Testament at Johnson University, Knoxville, Tennessee. He is the author of 'Structuring Early Christian Memory' (2010) and 'Oral Tradition and the New Testament' (2014).
PrefaceAbbreviations1 Introduction: Paul the Apostle, to the Beloved Gentiles in Rome2 The Gospel, the Power of God: Paul Begins to Write3 The Wrath and Impartial Judgment of God: Gentiles in Pauline Perspective4 Introducing the Gentile Proselyte: a Gentile Who Calls Himself a Jew5 The Righteousness of God apart from Torah: Or, Not a Law-Free Gospel6 Christ, the New Adam: Undoing the Curse of Death7 Baptized, Buried, Raised: Freed from Sin, Enslaved to Righteousness8 Nomos, Flesh, Spirit: The War Waging Within9 Creation Renewed by the Spirit: Security in the Presence of God10 Israel and Christ: Paul's Pathos for the People of God11 Israel and Christ, Pt. II: Torah's Telos12 [Re-]Grafted Olive Branches: The Persistence of Hope13 Living Sacrifices: One Body, Many Members14 The offering of the weak: Paul and the Particular assemblies in Rome15 In sum ... : The end of Paul's rhetoric and of His letterBibliographyIndex of NamesIndex of Ancient Documents
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