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Scott J. Hafemann

Paul: Servant of the New Covenant

Pauline Polarities in Eschatological Perspective

[Paulus: Diener des neuen Bundes. Paulinische Polaritäten aus eschatologischer Perspektive.]

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In this volume, Scott Hafemann studies the covenant themes in Paul and argues that their polarities do not represent a material contrast between a »law-way« and a »gospel-way« of relating to God, but an eschatological contrast between the character of God's people within the two eras of salvation history, in which the Torah of the »old covenant« is now being kept in the »new.«
Taking 2 Cor 3:6 as its starting point, the new and updated essays here assembled investigate the key passages in Romans, 1–2 Corinthians, Galatians, and Philippians in which the covenant content and eschatological context of Paul's theology interpret one another. Developed over thirty years, Scott Hafemann's close reading of Paul's arguments, with an eye toward their OT/Jewish milieu, also advances the larger thesis that the various Israel/church, works/faith, and justification/judgment polarities in Paul's thinking do not represent a material contrast between a »law-way« and a »gospel-way« of relating to God. Rather, they epitomize an eschatological contrast between the character of God's people within the two eras of salvation history in which, by virtue of the Messiah and the Spirit, the Torah of the »old covenant« is now being kept in the »new.«
Authors/Editors

Scott J. Hafemann Scott J. Hafemann, born 1954; 1976 B.A. (Bethel College [MN]); 1978 M.A. (Fuller Theological Seminary); 1985 Dr.theol. (Tübingen); 1985–87 Asst. Prof. N.T., Taylor University; 1987–95 Assoc. Prof. N.T., Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary; 1995–2004 Gerald F. Hawthorne Professor N.T. Greek and Exegesis, Wheaton College; 2004–11 Mary F. Rockefeller Distinguished Professor N.T., Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary; 2011–18 Reader in N.T., St Mary's College, University of St Andrews; since 2018 Honorary Reader in N.T., St Mary's College, University of St Andrews.

Reviews

The following reviews are known:

In: Revue de l'histoire et de Philosophie Réligieuses — 101 (2021), S. 122–124 (Christian Grappe)
In: Theologische Literaturzeitung — 146 (2021), pp. 286–289 (Manuel Vogel)