Are Jesus and Paul on the Same Page? (part three)
How to interpret the Gospels in relation to the Epistles
posted 09/24/12See theme
In part 1 of this series, I argued that there is a fundamental unity to the Gospels and the Epistles.
In part 2, I showed that Jesus does not preach works-righteousness. Preachers who wrestle with how to preach Gospel texts that suggest a kind of works-righteousness must back up a step and address another question. Is works-righteousness really even a problem that Jesus must address?
The New Perspective on Paul, Jesus, and Judaism
Some New Testament scholars in the past three decades have questioned whether works-righteousness was a real problem in first century Judaism. These scholars have presented a "new perspective" on what Paul opposes when he talks about justification by faith. The "old perspective" that grew out of the Reformation saw the problem with "works of the law" as the problem of attempting to merit God's favor by doing good works. The "new perspective," championed by the likes of James D. G. Dunn and N. T. Wright, argues that Paul did not oppose this kind of legalism because ...