Saturday, July 5, 2014

Paul's Messianic Christology

This is a fine essay especially all the negatives in the first paragraph.
The premise and the broad conclusion to which all assented is that Paul was and remained in his ministry as apostle to gentiles a Jew. He did not renounce his identity as a member of the Jewish people. He did not demonize his ancestral religion. He did not reject the Torah (“Law”) as false. He did not regard his Jewish past as one of frustration, failure, inability to observe Torah, or as something to escape. He did not play off the particularity of his Jewishness in favour of some kind of universalism.
This kind of NT thinking opens up the OT to a proper reading.