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Paul & the Law: A Contextual Approach Paperback – December 14, 1995
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"The last two decades have seen an explosion of new approaches to Paul's theology and especially to his theology of the Old Testament and Judaism. This so-called new perspective on Paul has demanded response from various theological traditions. Frank Thielman's book on Paul and the law is the most thorough response to these issues to date. Not everyone will agree with all of his perspecitves and conclusions, but his book forms a fine starting point for further discussions of these matters." (Douglas J. Moo, professor of New Testament, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School)
"Frank Thielman's exposition of the issues surrounding Paul's interpretation of the Jewish law is lucid and helpful. Students should find this book a reliable guide through a thicket of formidable exegetical problems. Thielman's method of examining the role of Paul's statements about the law within the argument of each individual letter is an important advance in the study of this central topic in Pauline theology." (Richard B. Hays, associate professor of New Testament, Duke Divinity School)
"This book reasserts Reformation concerns about Paul and the law in a manner that will be very appealing to conservative Protestants; it provides a kind of neo-Calvinist slant on the law. It does so in a fair-minded way, and quite persuasively, dealing far more cogently with the different historical contexts of the Pauline letters than is normal in books on this topic." (Robert Jewett, professor of New Testament interpretation, Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary)
About the Author
Thielman is associate professor of divinity at Beeson Divinity School, Samford University, Birmingham, Alabama. He is the author of From Plight to Solution: A Jewish Framework for Understanding Paul's View of the Law in Galatians and Romans. (Brill).
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However, some of Thielman's points may not sit well with advocates of the traditional Protestant view of the Law. Thielman follows too closely with the "letter-Spirit" approach to the Law (Daniel Fuller). He argues that the Pauline antithesis between Law and Gospel should not be understood as a fundamental antithesis between works and faith. Works are good and even required under the new covenant. In fact, according to Thielman, Paul's gospel has the same structure of promise-demand as the Mosaic covenant. One of the main differences between the two covenants is that in the new covenant the believer is enabled to obey the Law through the Spirit. Thus, the issue of Law vs. Gospel is merely a salvation-historical issue. Thielman argues this point based on the renewal-prophetic passages in Jeremiah and Ezekiel. Though it is true that the Law will be written in the hearts of believers as prophesied in Jeremiah 31:31-34, Thielman does not discuss in detail what the implications of this is. Does it mean that redeemed people will obey God's Law because they are justified (Luther, Calvin, the Puritans, etc.)? Or is this new obedience to the Law a requirement for final justification alongside Christ's righteousness (New Perspective)? Thielman should have spent some time (perhaps several pages) discussing how his approach to the Law coincides with justification by faith and Christ's righteousness imputed to believers. In fact, one gets the impression that Thielman removes the wall between the Law and Gospel, a wall that traditional Protestants have always kept in place. Overall, though, this book is worth reading. Many students of Paul's theology will find this book quite interesting and resourceful.
This is important because it makes an interpreter less likely to punt to a theological assertion if one has seriously examined the exegetical base Paul has built first. Thielmann's interaction with the so-called "new" view of Paul and the Law is also helpful. He does not automatically reject everything it offers. But neither does he uncritically assume (as many scholars today do) that everything before Sanders is to be forgotten.
All in all, even if one doesn't entirely agree with the author in the end (and on this subject, it's almost impossible to find an author one 'entirely' agrees with), IMHO, he does a better job than anyone else currently in print of both interacting with the relevant scholarship and defining a workable view.