13. Paul and the Law

  1. Stephen Westerholm
  1. Arland J. Hultgren

Published Online: 20 APR 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9781444395778.ch13

The Blackwell Companion to Paul

The Blackwell Companion to Paul

How to Cite

Hultgren, A. J. (2011) Paul and the Law, in The Blackwell Companion to Paul (ed S. Westerholm), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444395778.ch13

Editor Information

  1. McMaster University, Canada

Author Information

  1. Luther Seminary, USA

Publication History

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

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405188449

Online ISBN: 9781444395778



  • Paul and the Law - term, having a narrower sense as well;
  • “law” having a wide range of meanings - most commonly, having two;
  • Paul's inheritance - Paul, a citizen of the Roman Empire (Acts 21:39), growing within a large network and community of persons, considered Hellenistic Jews;
  • The Law in Ancient Judaism - Paul's Jewish heritage, bequeathed to him;
  • Paul's day, as always in Jewish tradition - recognition that some commandments within the Torah, more weighty than others;
  • Paul and the Law - general comments;
  • Paul claiming that, early in the decade of the 30s of the first century - called by God to be an apostle, apostle to the Gentiles;
  • inconsistencies, however, are less real than apparent - placing verses concerning the law next to one another, as here, being incongruous statements;
  • The Law in Galatians, Paul carrying on a mission - among the Gentiles of Galatia, without requiring them to adopt the law of Moses, believers in Christ;
  • The Law in 1 Corinthians and Philippians - Paul using the term nomos in four of his letters (Romans, 1 Corinthians, Galatians and Philippians)


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Paul's Inheritance

  • The Law in Ancient Judaism

  • Paul and the Law: General Comments

  • The Law in Galatians

  • The Law in Romans

  • The Law in 1 Corinthians and Philippians

  • Common Themes

  • Some Contested Issues

  • References