“For neither circumcision counts for anything nor uncircumcision, but keeping the commandments of God” (1 Cor. 7:19).
The apostle Paul’s relationship to the Law of Moses is notoriously complex and much studied. Many people, scholars, pastors, students, and laymen alike all have trouble with what Paul does with the Law. What is the relationship of the Law of Moses to the Jews? The Gentiles? To Christians? What are it’s different functions? What does Paul mean when he talks about ‘the Law’?
Brian Rosner is coming out with “Paul and the Law: Keeping the Commandments of God“ in the NSBT (New Studies in Biblical Theology) series.
Intertwined in Paul’s view of the law is his teaching concerning salvation history, Israel, the church, anthropology, ethics and eschatology. To misunderstand Paul’s teaching on the Law is to misunderstand Paul’s teaching! Understanding what Paul says is important because it touches on the old question of the relationship between the grace of God in the gift of salvation and the demand of God in the call for holy living.
The NSBT series is written in a more readable-level than other books on biblical studies. It attempts to help Christians think and better understand their Bibles. The series aims to instruct and to edify, to interact with the current literature, and to point the way ahead. In God’s universe, mind and heart should not be divorced. The volumes are written within the framework of confessional evangelicalism, but there is always an attempt at thoughtful engagement with the sweep of the relevant literature (1).
[The New Studies in Biblical Theology series is edited by D. A. Carson and published by Apollos (an imprint of Inter-Varsity Press in the UK) and InterVarsity Press].