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The Righteousness of God - A Lexical Examination of the Covenant-Faithfulness Interpretation

The Righteousness of God - A Lexical Examination of the Covenant-Faithfulness Interpretation

of: Charles Lee Irons

Mohr Siebeck , 2015

ISBN: 9783161535192 , 444 Pages

Format: PDF

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The Righteousness of God - A Lexical Examination of the Covenant-Faithfulness Interpretation


 

Advocates of the New Perspective on Paul appeal to the view that 'righteousness' in biblical theology is a Verhältnisbegriff (relational concept). This is the view that 'righteousness' does not mean conformity to a norm, nor is it an essentially legal concept; rather, 'righteousness' denotes the fulfillment of the demands of a relationship, since the relationship itself is the norm. This relational interpretation of 'righteousness' was first put forward by Hermann Cremer in 1899 and exercised a profound influence in biblical scholarship throughout the 20th century. It lies at the root of the New Perspective claim that 'the righteousness of God' in Paul is a cipher for God's saving faithfulness to his covenant, a view defended by N. T. Wright, among others. Charles Lee Irons provides a critical examination of Cremer's chief arguments for the relational, covenant-faithfulness interpretation. The author argues instead for the view that 'the righteousness of God' in Rom 1:17; 3:21-22; 10:3; 2 Cor 5:21; and Phil 3:9 is the status of righteousness that comes from God as a gift.