This is a re-blog of a post by Dr. Larry Hurtado on an interesting discussion on Paul and the Jewish People from the recent SBL Meeting in Atlanta, GA.
After reading this post I even more wished I could have been there this year!
Along with Hurtado includes comments from Mark Nanos and Paula Fredrickson.
I hope these papers are as Hurtado mentions collected in an upcoming book.
In this year’s Society of Biblical Literature annual meeting I took part in a session focused on the question of whether Paul believed that fellow Jews should put faith in Jesus. Three scholars gave three quite different views of the matter, and I was the designated respondent to their presentations. The textual focus was obviously Paul’s epistle to the Romans, chapters 9-11.
John Marshall (University of Toronto) contended that Paul’s promotion of faith-in-Jesus was solely intended for non-Jews (“Gentiles”). So he took Romans 10:9-13, where Paul urges confession of Jesus as “Lord” and faith that God has raised him from death, as having to do with Gentiles making these steps. Noting that Romans seems to have Gentile Jesus-followers (“Christians”) as the addressees (or at least the primary/main addressees), Marshall contended that this should dispose us to read such passages as really about Gentile believers. In Marshall’s view, Paul’s anxiety about…
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