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Covenants and Courtrooms, Imputation and Imitation: Righteousness and Justification in Paul and the Faithfulness of God

Starling, David I. (2014) Covenants and Courtrooms, Imputation and Imitation: Righteousness and Justification in Paul and the Faithfulness of God. Journal for the Study of Paul and his Letters, 4 (1). pp. 37-48. ISSN 2159-2063

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Abstract

This article offers a response to the discussion of righteousness and justifica-tion in N.T.Wright’s Paul and the Faithfulness of God. Tough finding much in Wright’s treatment to appreciate, it argues for a greater emphasis on the active, ethical dimensions of what Paul has in mind by “righteousness” (divine and human) and for the retention of the notion of the imputation of Christ’s righteousness to believers, not as an explicit Pauline assertion but as a legitimate inference from Paul ine premises. Understood in this manner, the doctrine of imputation (far from cutting the nerve between justification and transformation) opens up a way to draw straighter, clearer lines of commensurability and correspondence between the righteousness of God (expressed in his actions as creator, covenant maker, law giver, cov-enant keeper and judge), the righteousness of Christ (imputed to us in our justification and given as an example to imitate), and the righteousness of life to which we are called in the gospel.

Item Type: Published Articles
Repository Version: Metadata Only
Keywords (separated by commas): N.T. Wright, Paul, Pauline theology, justification, righteous-ness, ethics, imputation, covenant
Fields of Research: 22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2204 Religion and Religious Studies > 220401 Christian Studies (incl. Biblical Studies and Church History)
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970122 Expanding Knowledge in Philosophy and Religious Studies
Type of Activity: Pure Basic Research
Subject Area(s): B - New Testament
Association with University of Divinity: Morling College
Depositing User: Dr David Starling
Date Deposited: 07 Jun 2016 14:39
Last Modified: 18 Jul 2016 11:37
URI: http://repository.divinity.edu.au/id/eprint/2003

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