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The Climax of the Covenant: Christ and the Law in Pauline Theology
Fortress Press / 1993 / Paperback
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Wright believes that Paul saw in the death and resurrection of Jesus the climactic moment in Israel's covenant history; and came to a new understanding of the function of Jewish law. To prove his point, Wright examines key passages from the epistles---shedding light on all aspects of Paul's thought. 336 pages, softcover.
With an eye to recent proposals on Paul's view of the Law and his relation to his first-century context, N. T. Wright looks in detail at passages central to the current debate. Among them are some of the most controversial sections of Paul. From his meticulous exegesis Wright argues that Paul saw the death and resurrection of Jesus as the climactic moment in the covenant history of Israel and from this perspective came to a different understanding of the function of the Jewish Law. Wright thus creates a basis from which many of the most vexed problems of Pauline exegesis can in principle be solved and longstanding theological puzzles clarified.
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