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The Climax of the Covenant: Christ and the Law in Pauline Theology

The Climax of the Covenant

Christ and the Law in Pauline Theology

N. T. Wright (Author)

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With an eye to recent proposals on Paul's view of the Law and his relation to his first-century context, N. T. Wright looks in detail at passages central to the current debate. Among them are some of the most controversial sections of Paul. From his meticulous exegesis Wright argues that Paul saw the death and resurrection of Jesus as the climactic moment in the covenant history of Israel and from this perspective came to a different understanding of the function of the Jewish Law. Wright thus creates a basis from which many of the most vexed problems of Pauline exegesis can in principle be solved and longstanding theological puzzles clarified.
  • Publisher Fortress Press
  • Format Paperback
  • ISBN 9780800628277
  • Dimensions 6.12 x 9.25
  • Pages 336
  • Publication Date October 1, 1993

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"N. T. Wright is a fresh and provocative voice in Pauline studies ... Wright gives thorough, deft, and imaginative readings of key texts in Paul ... A bold new global construal of Paul the Jewish Christian theologian takes shape before our eyes. Wright's account of Paul is a major force to be reckoned with: no one should write—or preach—on Paul without pondering his work."
— Richard B. Hays, Duke Divinity School

Table of Contents

    Preface
    Introduction

  1. Christ, the Law, and 'Pauline Theology'

    PART ONE: STUDIES IN PAUL'S CHRISTOLOGY
     
  2. Adam, Israel and the Messiah
  3. XPIETOE as 'Messiah' in Paul: Philemon 6
  4. Jesus Christ is Lord: Philippians 2.5-11
  5. Poetry and Theology in Colossians 1.15-20
  6. Monotheism, Christology and Ethics: 1 Corinthians 8

    PART TWO: PAUL AND THE LAW
     
  7. Curse and Covenant: Galatians 3.10-14
  8. The Seed and the Mediator: Galations 3.15-20
  9. Reflected Glory: 2 Corinthians 3
  10. The Vindication of the Law: Narrative Analysis and Romans 8.1-11  
  11. The Meaning of nepiauapriag in Romans 8.3
  12. Echoes of Cain in Romans 7

    CONCLUSION: THE CLIMAX OF THE COVENANT
     
  13. Christ, the Law and the People of God: the Problem of Romans 9-11
  14. The Nature of Pauline Theology

    Bibliography
    Index of Passages Cited
    Index of Modern Authors
    Index of Subjects
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