June 11, 2015 by Michael F. Bird 1 Comment
At the moment the
state of Pauline scholarship could be divided into four basic camps:
Paul was preacher of grace that stands in contrasts to the
legalism/nomism of second temple Judaism. In some versions, this
is accompanied with an implied or even explicit supersessionist
view of the church as replacing Israel.
New Perspective on Paul.
The problem with Judaism was not legalism, but ethnocentrism. Paul
was arguing that Jews need to accept that God has acted in Christ to
bring Jews and Gentiles into the new saving event ahead of an
Paul proclaimed God’s invasive and cosmic act of salvation to
rectify and renew the whole creation rendering the old order
with its religion as obsolete.
Radical Perspective on Paul.
Paul was Jewish and Torah-observant. He tried to bring Gentile
communities into closer fellowship with Jewish communities while
protecting them from proselytism. Paul believes that Jesus saves
Gentiles, but Jews are saved under the auspices of the Mosaic
In this post I’m
going to describe the origins of the Radical Perspective (RP), give a
brief description of its reading of Paul, and note its relative
strengths. In a subsequent blog post, I will offer a critique of
Read more at http://www.patheos.com/blogs/euangelion/2015/06/the-radical-perspective-on-paul-part-1-a-guide-for-the-perplexed/