Book – Lionel J. Windsor. Paul and the Vocation of Israel: How Paul’s Jewish Identity Informs his Apostolic Ministry, with Special Reference to Romans. BZNW 205. Berlin: De Gruyter, 2014.
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In my book, I argue that the phrase “as many as will conform with this rule” (Gal 6:16) is a reference to a particular kind of Jewish teacher, which implies that the “Israel of God” is a reference to gospel-believing Jews, not to the church of Jews and Gentiles together.
“We are the circumcision” (Philippians 3:3) is a reference to Jewish preachers (i.e. Paul and Timothy), not to all Christians
In my book, I argue that the phrase “we are the circumcision” in Phil 3:3 should be understood as a reference to Paul and Timothy, as Jewish teachers of Gentiles. Paul is using the term “circumcision” in order to claim a status for himself and Timothy as true (Jewish) teachers of Gentiles, in direct opposition to rival Jewish teachers.
Does the metaphor of the olive tree (Romans 11:17-24) undermine the notion of Jewish distinctiveness in Paul’s thought?
A number of interpreters regard Paul’s metaphor of the olive tree in Rom 11:17–24 as evidence that Paul is seeking to include Gentiles within a redefined Israel. I contend that this understanding is not consistent with the meaning and purpose of this passage.
Jesus stopped short in Jericho because here he saw the perfect opportunity to show what his mission was all about. A man of contradictions. A humbled, even humiliated man. A lost man, raised up, found, restored.
In my book, I argue that the occasion and purpose of Paul’s letter to the Romans is bound up with the relationship between his apostolic ministry and his Jewish identity. Romans, in other words, is an exercise in Jewish vocation.
In my book, I contend that Paul did not conceive of the distinct value of Jewishness principally in terms of salvation, but rather in terms of a special vocation arising from their possession of a unique divine revelation (the Law, or the Scriptures more generally).
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The NEXUS ministry conference is happening on 26 May 2014 at the Village Church, Annandale. I’ve signed up. If you’re involved in evangelical Christian ministry, especially in Sydney, I encourage you to sign up as well.
This is the argument of my book: Paul’s apostolic mission was his way of being Jewish. Paul was convinced that Israel had received …