Jeanette Hagen Pifer

Faith as Participation

An Exegetical Study of Some Key Pauline Texts

[Glaube als Teilhabe. Eine exegetische Untersuchung paulinischer Schlüsseltexte.]

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What is faith and how is it connected to human activities? Jeanette Hagen Pifer taps into this important debate at the heart of Pauline theology by asking what the centre of Paul's theology is, how one should interpret πίστις Χριστοῦ, and what the relationship between divine and human agency is.
In recent years, three particular debates have risen to the fore of Pauline Studies: the question of the centre of Pauline theology, how to interpret the πίστις Χριστοῦ formula, and the relationship between divine and human agency. In the present study, Jeanette Hagen Pifer contends that several of the apparent conundrums in recent Pauline scholarship turn out to derive from an inadequate understanding of what Paul means by faith. By first exploring the question of what Paul means by faith outside of the classic justification passages in Romans and Galatians, she reveals faith as an active and productive mode of human existence. Yet this existence is not a form of human self-achievement. On the contrary, faith is precisely the denial of self-effort and a dependence upon the prior gracious work of Christ. In this way, faith is self-negating and self-involving participation in the Christ-event.

Jeanette Hagen Pifer 2016 PhD, University of Durham; currently Assistant Professor of New Testament at Biola University (La Mirada, CA).


The following reviews are known:

In: Journal for the Study of the New Testament (JSNT) — 42 (2020), p. 73 (Andrew Boakye)
In: Jahrbuch f.Liturgik u.Hymnologie — 60 (2021), S.109 (Helmut Schwier)
In: Presbyterion — 46 (2020), pp. 172–174 (Trey Moss)
In: Theologische Literaturzeitung — 145 (2020), pp. 644–646 (Benjamin Schliesser)
In: Reviews of Biblical and Early Christian Studies — (Gregg S. Morrison)
In: New Testament Abstracts — 63 (2019), S. 535
In: Religious Studies Review — 46 (2020), pp. 545–546 (John K. Goodrich)