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Charles Lee Irons

The Righteousness of God

A Lexical Examination of the Covenant-Faithfulness Interpretation

[Die Gerechtigkeit Gottes. Eine lexikalische Untersuchung der Interpretation der Bundestreue.]

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The relational interpretation of »righteousness« lies at the root of the New Perspective claim that »the righteousness of God« in Paul is a cipher for God's saving faithfulness to his covenant. Charles Lee Irons critiques that interpretation and argues for the view that »the righteousness of God« in Paul is the status of righteousness that comes from God as a gift.
Advocates of the New Perspective on Paul appeal to the view that »righteousness« in biblical theology is a Verhältnisbegriff (relational concept). This is the view that »righteousness« does not mean conformity to a norm, nor is it an essentially legal concept; rather, »righteousness« denotes the fulfillment of the demands of a relationship, since the relationship itself is the norm. This relational interpretation of »righteousness« was first put forward by Hermann Cremer in 1899 and exercised a profound influence in biblical scholarship throughout the 20th century. It lies at the root of the New Perspective claim that »the righteousness of God« in Paul is a cipher for God's saving faithfulness to his covenant, a view defended by N. T. Wright, among others. Charles Lee Irons provides a critical examination of Cremer's chief arguments for the relational, covenant-faithfulness interpretation. The author argues instead for the view that »the righteousness of God« in Rom 1:17; 3:21–22; 10:3; 2 Cor 5:21; and Phil 3:9 is the status of righteousness that comes from God as a gift.
Authors/Editors

Charles Lee Irons Born 1968; 1992 BA in Greek at UCLA; 1996 MDiv in Biblical Studies at Westminster Seminary California; 2011 PhD in New Testament at Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena; currently Senior Research Administrator at Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science in Los Angeles.

Reviews

The following reviews are known:

In: Salesianum — 78 (2016), S. 171–172 (Rafael Vicent)
In: Biblische Zeitschrift — 60 (2016), S. 291–293 (Gerhard Hotze)
In: Arbeitskreis für evangelikale Theologie — 30 (2016), S. 255–258 (Jacob Thiessen)
In: Glauben u. Denken heute — 2015, Heft 1, S. 62–63 (Ron Kubsch)
In: Journal of the Ev. Theol. Society — 59 (2016), S. 187–190 (Joshua W. Jipp)
In: Journal for the Study of the NT — 38.5 (2016), S. 70 (Andrew Boakye)
In: New Testament Abstracts — 59 (2015), S. 559
In: Review of Biblical Literature — https://www.bookreviews.org (3/2017) (Robert L. Foster)
In: http://www.theoblog.de — http://theoblog.de (07/2015) (Ron Kubsch)
In: http://diglot.wordpress.com — http://diglotting.com/2015/11/04/book-review-the-righteousness-of-god/ (Kevin Brown)
In: The Gospel Coalition — http://www.thegospelcoalition.org (09/2015) (Thomas Schreiner)
In: Religious Studies Review — 42 (2016), S. 214 (Ben C. Dunson)
In: www.wyattgraham.com — http://wyattgraham.com/review-of-the-righteousness-of-god-by-charles-lee-irons/#more-800 (6/2017) (Wyatt Graham)