"If You Call Yourself a Jew' reads Paul's letter to the Romans as a dialogue between Paul and a gentile proselyte to Judaism. This fresh reading brings Romans into focus as Paul's exposition of the revelation of God's righteousness - his faithfulness to his covenant promises to Abraham, which is brought to climax in the announcement that "in you all the tribes of the earth will be blessed" (Genesis 12:3). Paul insists that the righteousness of God is revealed, "for the Jew first as well as for the Greek," not through Torah but through the faith(fullness) of Jesus. He concedes that Torah and the prophets provide corroborating witness for God's righteousness, but suggests that gentiles who bend their necks to Torah's yoke miss the actual mechanism for finding peace with God. Paul found in the story of Jesus the image of complete faith in and faithfulness to God. In Jesus' resurrection, he found the image of God's complete faithfulness, "for the Jew first as well as for the Greek." Whereas Torah resulted in curse and death, it also anticipated the unconditional faithfulness of God for both Jew and gentile.For Paul, the gospel of Jesus Christ is the account of the outworking of God's faithfulness: the end of Torah's curses and the fulfi lment of its blessings.
Publisher: James Clarke & Co Ltd
Number of pages: 336
Weight: 520 g
Dimensions: 229 x 153 x 21 mm
"The book is a fine read , clearly set out and engagingly written. There are some sections where Rodriguez's reading works particularly well - for example, the section on Rom. 7. I also found his take on Rom. 11 well argued and helpful."
-Gary W. Burnett, Journal for the Study of the New Testament, Volume 38.5, August 2016
"All readers, regardless of how much of [Rodriguez]'s careful exegesis they accept, will be appreciative of such a thorough reappraisal of Paul's rhetoric. There is much to learn from here."
-Benjamin White, Catholic Biblical Quarterly, Vol. 78, 2016