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Paul and the Gentile Problem

Matthew Thiessen


This book provides a new explanation for the apostle Paul’s statements about the Jewish law in his letters to the Romans and Galatians. Paul’s arguments against circumcision and the law in Romans 2 and his reading of Genesis 15–21 in Gal 4:21–31 belong within a stream of Jewish thinking which rejected the possibility that gentiles could undergo circumcision and adopt the Jewish law, thereby becoming Jews. Paul opposes this solution to the gentile problem because he thinks it misunderstands how essentially hopeless the gentile situation remains outside of Christ. The second part of the book mov ... More

Keywords: Abraham, Christ, circumcision, Genesis, gentiles, Jewish law, Paul, Spirit

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780190271756
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190271756.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Matthew Thiessen, author
Assistant Professor of New Testament, Saint Louis University