Event Title

The “Works of the Law” (ex ergōn nomou) in Paul

Location

Seminary Commons

Start Date

14-2-2019 5:30 PM

End Date

14-2-2019 6:30 PM

Description

It is undeniable that in both Romans and Galatians Paul discusses the role of the Law. Among prominent Pauline scholars the debate about Covenantal Nomism is ongoing. Very prominent in Paul’s argumentation in Gal 3:6–14 when Paul contrasts blessings with curse; but those who “rely on doing the works of the law are under a curse” (Gal 3:10). So, how to make sense of Paul’s terminology of “Works of the Law” (ex ergōn nomou)? Are the reform perspectives or the so called New Perspective correct in their interpretation of the term, or should we seek an alternative explanation? I will explore Paul’s use of the term in Romans and Galatians while dealing with the false dichotomy between faith and law. Paul’s contention with the Law requires qualification and needs to be understood in light of his approval and respect for the Law.

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The “Works of the Law” (ex ergōn nomou) in Paul

Seminary Commons

It is undeniable that in both Romans and Galatians Paul discusses the role of the Law. Among prominent Pauline scholars the debate about Covenantal Nomism is ongoing. Very prominent in Paul’s argumentation in Gal 3:6–14 when Paul contrasts blessings with curse; but those who “rely on doing the works of the law are under a curse” (Gal 3:10). So, how to make sense of Paul’s terminology of “Works of the Law” (ex ergōn nomou)? Are the reform perspectives or the so called New Perspective correct in their interpretation of the term, or should we seek an alternative explanation? I will explore Paul’s use of the term in Romans and Galatians while dealing with the false dichotomy between faith and law. Paul’s contention with the Law requires qualification and needs to be understood in light of his approval and respect for the Law.