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August 7, 2007 / Daniel

Scot McKnight on NPP

Scot McKnight is blogging about the New Perspective on Paul.  If you’re curious about this turn in New Testament studies, check it out here and here.



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  1. Michael Awbrey / Aug 8 2007 2:44 am

    So what is your take on the NPP?

  2. Daniel / Aug 8 2007 2:24 pm

    I think that the NPP is very helpful in understanding Paul. The Lutheran perspective on the OT law always seem to be not quite right. The NPP gives the law a better role that’s more consistent with Paul.

    That said, I wouldn’t completely rule out that Paul had meritous works in mind in a couple of places (i.e. Romans 4:4-5).

    What’s your take on it?

  3. Michael Awbrey / Aug 9 2007 3:25 am

    I’d have to agree with you. I find it very helpful – especially when it comes to understanding “works of the law”. Makes sense of warnings like “Don’t begin to say to yourself that you are sons of Abraham – God is able from these stones to raise up sons of Abraham.”

    I too like to have a little bit of it both ways: can we earn God’s favor by meritous works -no. Does our boundary-markers (circumcision, kosher laws, Sabbath keeping, or insert your modern day examples that we Christians have created) make us the sons of God – again, no.

    Like you, I think it really helps connect the new and old covenant, and what Paul was saying about the law.

    Of course, none of the reformers said any of this, so we are blaspheming. Let us repent from our attempts to understand the scriptures and put our faith and hope in John Calvin. 😉 (yeah, sorry for the sarcasm, I’m highly provoked about how so many are responding to the NPP)

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