The New Testament

A Historical and Theological Introduction

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19. Paul, Judaism, and the Law

Questions for Research and Discussion

  1. Was the law a blessing or a burden? Make a case for each side.
  2. Discuss Paul’s two metaphors that describe the function of the law between Sinai and the coming of the Messiah.
  3. What is the New Perspective on Paul? How did it begin, historically speaking? What are its chief points?
  4. Evaluate the New Perspective on Paul. What about it is valuable? What about it is not?
  5. How would you reconcile Paul’s positive and negative statements about the law?