Category Archives: Judaism

Paul’s times, our times

Papa Benedict XVI, in his first Wednesday audience dedicated to St Paul (back in 2008), observes the task of re-imagining the world of Paul’s formation and mission is perhaps not so arduous as we might at first suppose, because “unter … Continue reading

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Elect Israel

Let’s assume that the exegetical pay-off of Rom. 9-11 is that all biological descendents of Abraham are irrevocably elect (this is disputed, of course, but it increasingly seems to be the majority reading). This has an interesting theological pay-off that … Continue reading

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Jews, Greeks, and Church of God

Paul’s Jewishness notwithstanding, it’s clear that at least by the time of 1 Corinthians, he had come to think of the Church as conceptually distinct from the Jews and from the pagans: ἀπρόσκοποι καὶ Ἰουδαίοις γίνεσθε καὶ Ελλησιν καὶ τῇ ἐκκλησίᾳ τοῦ θεοῦ” (10:32) Christians are, overwhelmingly, Gentile followers of … Continue reading

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Naming God

“The Christian trinitarian doctrine of God is no longer considered [by Jews] a violation of biblical monotheism. The God whom Jesus worshped and proclaimed was, of course, the one God of Israel, and the trinitarian doctrine of the church does … Continue reading

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On being Israel

“That there should be any difficulty in understanding Judaism’s claim to be Israel may, of course, seem preposterous to Jews. But for Christian theology it is not merely a diffiuclty but a torment. Christian faith is the conviction that the … Continue reading

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