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Christ, Our Righteousness: Paul's Theology of Justification (New Studies in Biblical Theology #9)

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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 ...more
Paperback, 222 pages
Published April 26th 2001 by IVP Academic (first published March 2001)
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Jacob Young
Oct 22, 2015 Jacob Young rated it really liked it
The issue of justification is at the heart of the Christian message. What we understand about the Bible's teaching on justification directs how we not only understand our relationship before God, but how we appeal to and invite others into this relationship with God through Christ. Seifrid takes us to Scripture and walks us through Paul's conversion and his primary texts about justification, especially Romans. His teaching is clear and helpful. He engages the modern debates sufficiently to help ...more
Dec 23, 2010 Mark rated it liked it
Seifrid's theology of justification in Paul is helpful on many fronts. His careful exegesis and thoughtful analysis of the pertinent texts is thorough and true to the text. It is also helpful in highlighting some of the problems with the New Perspective on Paul. One issue I have with this book, however, is that Seifrid downplays the issue of imputation of Christ's righteousness. While he does not deny the notion of imputation, he says it is incomplete and prefers to simply speak of justification ...more
Chuck Bonadies
Jan 20, 2011 Chuck Bonadies rated it liked it
In this book Seifrid does a good job challenging the New Perspective(s) on Paul. My one concern is how he handles the doctrine of imputation. Though I am fairly certain that Seifrid does not seek to deny the doctrine (just look at the title), he could, at times, be a bit clearer. Nevertheless, this is a good read for those who are interested in the topic of Righteousness.

Jacob McGill
Sep 18, 2011 Jacob McGill rated it it was ok
My problem with Seifrid is that he assumes that his view is correct and doesn't consider alternatives. Premise - I'm right - this is the only possible/correct reading - I'm right - complain about how everyone is wrong.
Nathaniel Martin
Nov 03, 2013 Nathaniel Martin rated it really liked it
Seifrid is difficult to understand at times, but this is the most helpful book I have read on the subject. It's a must for anyone interested in the debate on justification.
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“Once, for Paul, as for his contemporaries, Israel’s election
and the demand of the law stood side by side in unresolved tension. Now he found their resolution, not in some synthesis or new idea, but in an event: the incarnation, crucifixion and resurrection of the Son of God. In Christ the demand of the law and the fulfillment of promise meet.”
“The real cause for Paul’s rejection of the ‘works of the law’ lies
beyond both self-understanding and ethics. As we shall see, faith for Paul is the correlate to Christ’s cross and resurrection. It is obedience to the promise of God fulfilled in that event (see e.g. Rom. 4:13–25). One is justified not because of a mere inward disposition, but because of Christ in whom God has atoned for sin and effected a new creation.”
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