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The End of the Law: Mosaic Covenant in Pauline Theology (New American Commentary Studies in Bible & Theology) Hardcover – September 1, 2009

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  • Series: New American Commentary Studies in Bible & Theology (Book 6)
  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: B&H Academic (September 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 080544842X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0805448429
  • Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 0.9 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
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About the Author

Jason C. Meyer is an Associate Professor of New Testament at Bethlehem College and Seminary in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  He has authored a book on the difference in Paul between the old covenant and the new covenant, entitled The End of the Law: Mosaic Covenant in Pauline Theology (B & H Academic, 2009), contributed the chapter on the prison epistles in The Cradle, the Cross, and the Crown: An Introduction to the New Testament (B & H Academic, 2009), and is presently writing a biblical and practical theology of preaching (Crossway). 

Prior to coming to Bethlehem, Meyer was the Dean of Chapel and Assistant Professor of New Testament and Greek at Louisiana College in Pineville, LA from 2006-2009. Meyer also taught New Testament for the Spring 2010 semester at the Evangelical Theological College in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Before this, he served as the pastor of Orville Baptist Church in Orville, KY, while completing his Ph.D. in New Testament under Thomas R. Schreiner at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, KY. 

At Bethlehem College and Seminary, Meyer will gives oversight in the area of New Testament by teaching and writing for the seminary in his areas of specialization: Paul’s epistles and theology, the Law and the New Testament, preaching, biblical theology, and Greek language. 

Jason and his wife, Cara, have been married since 1999, which have been the best years of their lives. God has blessed them with two daughters, Gracie and Allie, and two boys, Jonathan and David, adopted from Ethiopia. As a family, the Meyers enjoy camping, hiking, fishing, sports, and music.

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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By R. Hayton VINE VOICE on November 16, 2011
Format: Hardcover
The nature of how the Mosaic Law relates to the Gospel and the new covenant is a perennially problematic question. Luther and Calvin wrestled over this, and we continue to wrestle over this down to today. Jason C. Meyer picks up his pen to try and tackle this problem in his book "The End of the Law: Mosaic Covenant in Pauline Theology", as part of the New American Commentary Studies in Bible and Theology from Broadman and Holman.

With such an enormous topic, it is doubtful that Meyer will please everyone. And while I found much that was excellent in his book, there were moments where I thought he didn't handle something well enough and times where I wished he would have dealt with a topic that he passed over. But I can't fault Meyer for not tackling head-on, an important question. He does an able job dealing with this question and his book was truly a joy to read.

Meyer's book presents the problem of how the Mosaic covenant is handled in Paul and then focuses on the old/new antithesis in Paul as the solution to this problem. He studies Paul's epistles to see how Paul himself presents the old vs. the new, and particularly how he talks of the covenant. From this a few key passages are identified and discussed in detail: 2 Corinthians 3-4, Galatians 3-4, and Romans 9-11. Then after dealing with Paul's theology of the old and new, Meyer goes to the Old Testament himself to see if he can harmonize Paul with the Old Testament's own description of the Mosaic covenant, in its own terms.

Meyer's conclusions are that Paul sees a difference between the Old covenant and New Covenant in eschatological terms. The old was ineffectual and is proven so by the presence of the new covenant in the here and now.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Clarinet Player on December 30, 2010
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This is a great study proving the nature of the New Covenant as a covenant of God's eschatological intervention on behalf of His people. I was glad to see the brief section about implications at the end of the study, but I hoped to see more development in that area. I'm sure space was an issue. But I really want to know what the author thinks about various approaches to New Covenant Theology and how they affect questions like how the Sabbath applies in this age. I want the author to defend his views about specific issues like that, in light of anticipated objections by classical covenant theologians and the like. That's all probably best saved for a whole other book, though.

This study was methodologically sophisticated, thorough, and persuasive. It will serve as a fantastic spring-board for further studies into all the various implications of the idea of the newness of the New Covenant as God's salvific, eschatological intervention.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Josué Manriquez on July 17, 2013
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Jason C. Meyer has written an excellent book. His thesis, as summarized at the end of the book, is as follows:

"Paul conceives of the Mosaic (old) covenant as fundamentally non-eschatological in contrast to the eschatological nature of the new covenant. He declares that the Mosaic covenant is now "old" because it belongs to the old age, whereas the new covenant is "new" because it belongs to the new eschatological age. This distinction has determinative effects. The old is transitory and impotent, and therefore the Mosaic covenant is both transitory and ineffectual. The new covenant is both eternal and effectual because it belongs to the new age and partakes of the power of the new age, the Holy Spirit.
"As the eschatological covenant, the new covenant, unlike the old, consists of eschatological intervention. God intervenes through His Spirit in the new eschatological age in order to create that for which He calls in the new covenant. The Mosaic covenant lacked this power to produce what it demanded."

Although the chapters were long, they were clearly written, and ended with clear and concise summaries. The final chapter of the book was most appreciated, as he provided a short summary of the whole book and each chapter. Meyer also ended with a brief look at how his thesis practically applies to ecclesiology and ethics. These practical applications were excellent!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Michael Settle on July 24, 2013
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Jason Meyers is now preaching pastor at Bethlehem Baptist in Minneapolis, MN taking over when John Piper recently retired from the position. That tells you something of how highly Meyers is thought of in Evangelical Christianity. This work on the relationship of the Mosaic Law to Christ in Pauline Theology is one of the best, and thoroughly biblical treatments of a subject which is of great interest to me. The author very clearly and with sound exegesis shows what is truly meant by "Christ is the end of the law". This area is not arcane academic theology, it matters very much who the inheritors of the promise truly are-- and what is meant by the "promises and covenants" A lot of bad theology has been mined from a misunderstanding and placement of the OT, "The End of The Law' is a good anti-dote.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By S. Robinson on February 3, 2015
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“Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them." [Matt 5.17].

"For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes" [Rom 10.4]

Meyer's premise starts with the issue that how we understand the old and new covenants an their relation to each other has a huge impact on how we understand the Old and New Testaments. What is so 'new' about the new covenant? What is so 'old' about the old covenant? The central question of Meyer's study is about the character of the Mosaic covenant, especially in Paul's theology.

Meyer's thesis, that he will go on to prove, advances that Paul conceives of the Mosaic covenant as non-eschatological, while the new covenant is eschatological. Essentially, "the old covenant is now old because it belongs to the old age, whereas the new covenant is new because it belongs to the new eschatological age" (p. 1-2). The old age, and now the Mosaic covenant, are impermanent. "the new covenant is both eternal and effectual because it belongs to the new age and partakes of the power of the new age, the Holy Spirit" (p. 2).

First, Chapter 3 looks at the Old and New antithesis in Paul. Meyer exegetically reveals what makes up the difference in the two terms 'old' and 'new'. Throughout the Old and New testament, 'new' and 'old' are sometimes used temporally. Thinking of Christmas time coming, when I received 'new' toys for Christmas, suddenly my other toys became 'old.' My new toys were not one year 'old', but were 'new' today.

Secondly, Chapter 4 came at the perfect time.
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