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Incarnational Discipleship

Andy Goodliff Reviews “The Faith of Jesus Christ.”

Michael Bird & Preston Sprinkle have edited a strong selection of articles that rehearse the raging “pistis christou” debate in Pauline studies–a debate that effects the way the gospel is understood and presented.  Some scholarly debates are mere “tempests in teapots,” but not all. This one is VERY important for the life of the church.  Should Paul in Romans and Galatians be understood as referring to “faith IN Christ,” or “the faith[fulness] OF Christ” (especially his faithfulness in knowingly continuing his path that would lead to the cross)? If the former, is salvation then dependant on human will?  If the latter, is salvation independent of human response in faith?  Andy Goodliff gives an excellent review of the book here.  Because I have long wanted a volume that collected the best arguments in this debate from all sides, I am now ordering this volume based on Andy’s Review.

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March 16, 2010 - Posted by | Biblical interpretation, book reviews, salvation, theology

2 Comments »

  1. Curious that this collection does not include anything by Richard Hays. However, I am sure it is a good collection, and it is a fascinating debate. I would get this book, except for the fact that I already have a number of excellent books on my shelf that I “haven’t gotten around to” yet.

    Comment by Jonathan Marlowe | March 18, 2010 | Reply

    • I join you in that last category, Jonathan. I also noticed the absence of a contribution by Hays and that’s curious. He’s known to people like me more for his work on NT ethics, but he got his start in Pauline studies working on Galatians 3:1-4:11. Perhaps he was asked to contribute but had too much on his plate.

      Comment by Michael Westmoreland-White | March 19, 2010 | Reply


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