Paul and The Restoration of Humanity in Light of Ancient Jewish Traditions 

 

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In Paul and The Restoration of Humanity in Light of Ancient Jewish Traditions, Aaron Sherwood questions the assumption of universalism in Pauline thought, and finds instead that relevant Pauline traditions depict a partly restricted and particularly Israelite restoration of humanity. This important Jewish component of Paul’s thought remains largely unrecognized, but Pauline and other ancient Jewish traditions consistently present Israel and non-Israelites' uniting in their worship of Yhwh as the restoration of both Israel and humanity.

Aaron Sherwood demonstrates in Pauline traditions the same deployment of Israel-nations unification as in biblical and post-biblical traditions. This suggests that rather than secondarily finding space for Gentile justification, the restoration of humanity plays a generative role in Paul’s theology, mission, and apostolic self-identity.
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Biographical Note

Aaron Sherwood, Ph.D. (2010), Durham University, is Assistant Professor of Biblical Studies at Roanoke College.

Review Quotes

"Mit seiner Studie positioniert sich S. in einem Diskurs, der exegetisch und hermeneutisch gleichermaßen von Belang ist. [...] Den wesentlichen Ertrag der Studie [ist], dass sie in wünschenswerter Deutlichkeit den Rezeptionshorizont erhellt, in den die aus dem biblisch-jüdischen Traditionsreservoir sich speisende [...] Vorstellung einer künftigen Teilhabe der Völker am Erbe Israels jeweils eingespannt ist." – Dieter Sänger, Kiel, in: Theologische Literaturzeitung 140 (2015) 11

Readership

Scholars of Pauline studies, Old Testament studies, early Jewish studies, and biblical theology, and all interested in universalism or cosmology in Pauline or ancient Jewish traditions.