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Friday, March 28, 2008

Jealous Competition According to Paul

Paul presents an interesting interpretation with respect to the cause of and reason for this jealous competition. At the end of chapter 10 of Romans, Paul includes in his argument the words of God that Moses repeated to the people in his final instructions in a segment known as “The Song of Moses.” “I will make you jealous of those not a nation.” The jealous competition, according to Moses, as interpreted by Paul, is part of the legacy of Israel and its punishment for worshiping the golden calf.

Paul tells us in Romans 11:11 that “salvation has come to the Gentiles, so as to make Israel jealous” and two verses later he explains: “Now I am speaking to you Gentiles. Inasmuch then as I am an apostle to the Gentiles, I magnify my ministry in order to make my fellow Jews jealous, and thus save some of them.”

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Blogger Eric Rowe said...

Thanks for pointing out that observation from Greek Jeremiah. It's very insightful.

To be fair to recent Barnabas scholarship, I'd say the term "anti-Jewish" as a descriptor of Barnabas was much more common in the past than it has been in recent decades. Scholars now (and probably since Kraft's earliest Barnabas publications ca. 1970) seem generally to prefer the more accurate term "anti-cultic."

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