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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great look at an important theological question
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...
Published on November 16, 2011 by R. Hayton

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3.0 out of 5 stars Hyperlink issues for kindle edition
Hyperlink issue for kindle edition. Unlike other kindle books, the footnotes in this book are not hyperlinked. This makes looking up references difficult. Hope that the publishers would update this soon.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great look at an important theological question, November 16, 2011
This review is from: The End of the Law: Mosaic Covenant in Pauline Theology (Nac Studies in Bible & Theology) (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. With the dawn of the new age, the old covenant is seen for how ineffectual it was. The new covenant has the power to create lasting change through the presence of the Spirit in far greater measure than in the old.

Along the way, Meyer offers a masterful analysis of the texts he covers and models a careful, yet thoroughly evangelical approach to Scripture, which focuses on the authorial intent and canonical form of the text. My primary issue with his exegesis is in his making too much of Romans 11 and failing to deal adequately with the fact that in the new covenant we still have those who are visible members but not actual partakers of the covenant. I also wish he would deal more explicitly with the question of Israel and the Church: does the old/new antithesis in Paul imply that the church should be seen as the new and fuller expression of believing Israel? I suspect Meyer would say yes, but he doesn't come right out and address this.

The book makes for a fascinating read, and will be appreciated by lay students as well as pastors and scholars. Knowledge of exegesis and theology will help in being able to appreciate the book more, however. Meyer writes with clarity and has a knack for boiling down complex issues and explaining what other more technical writers are saying. He interacts with the voluminous literature on the topic well, and maintains a thoroughly evangelical approach throughout. This is a refreshing read and I highly recommend it.

Disclaimer: This book was provided by Broadman and Holman Publishing Group for review. I was under no obligation to offer a favorable review.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Newness of the New Covenant, December 30, 2010
This review is from: The End of the Law: Mosaic Covenant in Pauline Theology (Nac Studies in Bible & Theology) (Hardcover)
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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, July 17, 2013
This review is from: The End of the Law: Mosaic Covenant in Pauline Theology (Nac Studies in Bible & Theology) (Hardcover)
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
5.0 out of 5 stars Very solid theological work, July 24, 2013
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This review is from: The End of the Law: Mosaic Covenant in Pauline Theology (Nac Studies in Bible & Theology) (Hardcover)
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
4.0 out of 5 stars Worth reading., November 9, 2013
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This review is from: The End of the Law: Mosaic Covenant in Pauline Theology (Nac Studies in Bible & Theology) (Hardcover)
A well-written presentation of what has become known as "New Covenant" view of the Law and it's role in the Christian life. Regardless of your own view, this is a helpful read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars better, January 12, 2014
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Great topic, great points. Not as precise in argument and flow of logic as I would have preferred, but he gets the point made.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Hyperlink issues for kindle edition, July 6, 2014
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Hyperlink issue for kindle edition. Unlike other kindle books, the footnotes in this book are not hyperlinked. This makes looking up references difficult. Hope that the publishers would update this soon.
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