12. Paul, Judaism, and the Jewish People

  1. Stephen Westerholm
  1. John M. G. Barclay

Published Online: 20 APR 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9781444395778.ch12

The Blackwell Companion to Paul

The Blackwell Companion to Paul

How to Cite

Barclay, J. M. G. (2011) Paul, Judaism, and the Jewish People, in The Blackwell Companion to Paul (ed S. Westerholm), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444395778.ch12

Editor Information

  1. McMaster University, Canada

Author Information

  1. Durham University, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 20 APR 2011
  2. Published Print: 29 APR 2011

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405188449

Online ISBN: 9781444395778

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Keywords:

  • Paul, Judaism, and the Jewish people;
  • Paul, being considered a Jew and member of the synagogue - that he wished to be considered so, receiving this punishment five times;
  • Pharisaic law observance and zeal - declaring them all “loss,” even “rubbish,” compared to surpassing value of “knowing Christ Jesus my Lord”;
  • Paul's understanding of the Christ - event in its relation to Israel, matter of controversy during his own life, remaining so ever since;
  • Jews, becoming remote from Christian experience - interpreters, inclined to take their presence in Paul 's letters as symbols of something else;
  • Christian sensitivity to anti-Semitism - and a greater desire for Jewish–Christian dialogue;
  • Paul's critique of Judaism, arising from his convictions - depth and universality of human sin, Jewish way to life/salvation promised by the law;
  • Jews and Judaism - in the Light of the New Creation in Christ;
  • New Creation as Israel's promise, even in Galatians - the letter with the most radical statements of “newness”;
  • Romans 9–11 that Paul - coming to expound all this most fully

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • “Paul and Judaism”: What is at Stake?

  • Jews and Judaism in the Light of the New Creation in Christ

  • New Creation as Israel's Promise

  • The Social Context of Paul's Theologizing

  • References