Christ, Our Righteousness: Paul's Theology of Justification, By Mark A. Seifrid
Christ, Our Righteousness
  • Length: 222 pages
  • Dimensions: 5.5 × 8.5 in
  • Published: March 26, 2001
  • Imprint: IVP Academic
  • Item Code: 2609
  • ISBN: 9780830826094

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Since the time of the Reformation, considerable attention has been given to the theme of justification in the thought of the apostle Paul. The ground-breaking work of E. P. Sanders in Paul and Palestinian Judaism (1977) introduced the "new perspective on Paul," provoking an ongoing debate which is now dominated by major protagonists. Foundational theological issues are at stake.

In this New Studies in Biblical Theology volume, Mark Seifrid offers a comprehensive analysis of Paul's understanding of justification, in the light of important themes including the righteousness of God, the Old Testament law, faith, and the destiny of Israel. A detailed examination of justification in the letter to the Romans is followed by a survey of the entire Pauline corpus.

Seifrid's analysis incorporates a critical assessment of the "new perspective," challenging its most basic assumptions; an evaluation of the contribution of recent German scholarship; and a reaffirmation of the "Christ-centered" theology of the Reformers. In this wide-ranging exposition of the biblical message of justification, Seifrid provides a fresh, balanced reworking of Pauline theology.

Addressing key issues in biblical theology, the works comprising New Studies in Biblical Theology are creative attempts to help Christians better understand their Bibles. The NSBT series is edited by D. A. Carson, aiming to simultaneously instruct and to edify, to interact with current scholarship and to point the way ahead.


Series Preface

1. The Conversion of Paul as the Justification of the Ungodly
The Pre-Christian Paul and the Nation of Israel
Paul and Ethnicity
Paul and the Exile
Paul's Conversion
Paul's Pursuit of the Law
Paul's Persecution of the Church
Paul's Conversion According to Acts

2. The Righteousness of God: The Message of Romans
The Revelation of the "Righteousness of God"
Faith and the Revelation of God's Righteousness
The "Righteousness of God" in Biblical Usage
The "Righteousness of God" Revealed in the Gospel
The Justification of God and the Ungodly
The Righteousness of God's Wrath Against Idolatry (Romans 1:18-32)
The Impartiality of Divine Judgment (Romans 2:1-16)
The Possession of the Law as No Advantage (Romans 2:17-29)
The Advantage of the Jew in the Oracles of God (Romans 3:1-18)
The Law of God and the Righteousness of God (Romans 3:19-20)
The Righteousness of God in Christ (Romans 3:21-26)
Justification and Hope (Romans 3:27--8:39)

3. Beyond Romans: Justification by Faith in the Letters of Paul
The Thessalonian Correspondence
The Corinthian Correspondence
Justification in the Later Letters of Paul

4. The Righteousness of God and the Law of God
Paul's Legal Terms
"Law" and Related Terms
"Letter" in Paul's Usage
The "Works of the Law"
The Law as Witness to the Righteousness of God in Christ
Selected Passages from Galatians
Galatians 2:15-21
Galatians 3:1--4:7
Galatians 4:21-31
2 Corinthians
Romans 7:1--8:11
Romans 9:30--10:13

5. The Justification of the Ungodly and the Obedience of Faith
Faith as God's Work Through the Gospel
Faith as Obedience to the Gospel
The Faith of Christ
Faith and Justification
Justification by Faith and Judgment According to Works

6. The Justification of Ungodly Israel and the Nations
Israel as the Creation of God's Promise (Romans 9:1-13)
God's Righteousness and Israel's Rejection (Romans 9:14--10:21)
The Triumph of God in Israel's Redemption (Romans 11:1-36)
Israel's Exile in Romans 9--11

7. Justification in Paul, the New Testament Witness and Beyond
Justification as Verdict and Vindication
Justification in the Witness of the New Testament
Faith, Works and Justification According to James
Justification and Protestant-Roman Catholic Dialogues
Christian Preaching of the Gospel

Index of Authors
Index of Subjects
Index of Bible References
Index of Ancient Writings


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Mark A. Seifrid is professor of exegetical theology at Concordia Seminary in St. Louis, Missouri. He taught New Testament at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky, for more than twenty years. He is a graduate of Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, and he received his PhD from Princeton Theological Seminary.

D. A. Carson

D. A. Carson is research professor of New Testament at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, Illinois.