A fresh, valuable, and compelling study on Paul's use of the law by a seasoned and distinguished New Testament scholar. Brian Rosner's Paul and the Law brings often neglected evidence to the discussion and asks different questions of the material-while also building on the work of others. He argues that Paul undertakes a polemical re-evaluation of the Law of Moses, which involves not only its repudiation as law-covenant and its replacement by other things, but also its whole-hearted re-appropriation as prophecy (with reference to the Gospel) and as wisdom for Christian living. Rosner's strength lies in showing how the apostle articulates an array of complimentary but quite different stances toward the law.
The Apostle Paul's relationship to the Law of Moses is notoriously complex and much studied. Difficulties begin with questions of definition (of the extent of Paul's corpus and the meanings of 'the law') and are exacerbated by numerous problems of interpretation of key texts.
Inextricably linked to Paul's view of the law is his teaching concerning salvation history, Israel, the church, anthropology, ethics, and eschatology. Understanding 'Paul and the law' is critical to the study of the New Testament, because it touches the perennial question of the relationship between God's grace in the gift of salvation and his demand in the call for holy living. Misunderstanding can lead to distortions of one or both.