The New Testament

A Historical and Theological Introduction

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20. Paul’s Gospel and the Parting of the Ways

Questions for Research and Discussion

  1. What are the options when translating the word hilasterion? Which of these is to be preferred? What is at stake theologically here?
  2. Discuss the importance of the verb “to justify” in Paul’s theology.
  3. Is the pistis Christou debate important theologically? Why or why not?
  4. What are the candidates for the center of Paul’s theology, as presented in the chapter? Make a brief case for each one.
  5. Why does the newness of Christianity not warrant “a triumphal supersessionism”? What would be wrong with this line of thinking?