Item description for Paul and the Torah by Lloyd Gaston...
While the task of exegesis after the Holocaust has been to expose the anti-Judaism inherent in the Christian tradition, the founding of the Jewish state has also helped show the continuation of the covenant between God and Israel. For Lloyd Gaston the living reality of Judaism makes possible a better understanding of Paul's prophetic call as apostle to the Gentiles. In "Paul and the Torah", Gaston argues that the terms of Paul's mission must be taken seriously and that it is totally inappropriate to regard his "conversion" as a transition from one religion to another. Paul's congregations were not made up of christian Jews: they were exclusively Gentile. Thus Paul focused on God's promises to Abraham concerning Gentiles which were fulfilled in the faithfulness of Jesus Christ. The inclusion of Gentiles in the elect people of God through their incorporation into Christ thus does not mean a displacement of Israel. Nowhere does Paul speak of the rejection of Israel as God's chosen people, of the Sinai covenant as no longer in effect for Israel, or of the church as the new and true Israel. He also says nothing against the Jewish understanding of Torah as it applies to Israel when he speaks of "law" in reference to Gentiles. But for those outside the covenant God made with Israel, the law acted in an oppressive and condemning way, and Gentiles needed liberation from it. Paradoxically, Paul finds the gospel of this liberation to be proclaimed already in Torah in the sense of scripture. "Lloyd Gaston is professor of New Testament at the Vancouver School of Theology. He is a past president of the Canadian Society of Biblical Studies and author of "No stone on another: studies in the significance of the Fall of Jerusalem in the Synoptic Gospels.
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Studio: Wipf & Stock Publishers
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.98" Width: 6.06" Height: 0.63" Weight: 0.84 lbs.
Release Date Feb 1, 2006
Publisher Wipf & Stock Publishers
ISBN 1597525383 ISBN13 9781597525381
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Christian view of Torah Oct 18, 2001
This book has some interesting approaches to the writings of Apostle Paul. Gaston has made his own translations of difficult sections of Romans and Galatians. These contain subtle adjustments, and he is correct in asserting the bias all translations bring to the table. He has numerous suggestions on passages like 2 Cor 3 and Galatians 4 that fit aspects of those passages better than other views I've encountered. The Paul was a Jew and continued to respect Torah is clear. But he didn't urge gentiles to observe it, on the contrary he said they should not. We're left with two distinct branches of one faith. I would also suggest writings of John Gager and Mark Nanos in the same vein. More academic are those of John Sanders.