Paul and Covenantal Nomism

Tuesday, 15 May 2007

In advancing what has come to be called "the new perspective on Paul," E. P. Sanders argues strenuously that the Judaism in Paul's day was not "legalistic," as traditional Protestant readings maintain, but that it was characterized by "covenantal nomism." Legalism claims that we can become righteous simply by choosing to obey God's commandments. Covenantal nomism holds, in contrast, that righteousness is a matter of being part of God's covenant people, which is initially a matter of grace-"getting in" to God's covenant is a matter of ...

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