Home » God is One: The Function of Eis ho Theos as a Ground for Gentile Inclusion in Pauls Letters by Christopher R. Bruno
God is One: The Function of Eis ho Theos as a Ground for Gentile Inclusion in Pauls Letters Christopher R. Bruno

God is One: The Function of Eis ho Theos as a Ground for Gentile Inclusion in Pauls Letters

Christopher R. Bruno

Published April 23rd 2015
ISBN : 9780567663061
Paperback
272 pages
Enter the sum

 About the Book 

In discussions of Pauls letters, much attention has been devoted to statements that closely identify Christ with Israels God (i.e., 1 Cor 8:6). However, in Rom 3:30 and Gal 3:20, Paul uses the phrase God is one to link Israels monotheisticMoreIn discussions of Pauls letters, much attention has been devoted to statements that closely identify Christ with Israels God (i.e., 1 Cor 8:6). However, in Rom 3:30 and Gal 3:20, Paul uses the phrase God is one to link Israels monotheistic confession and the inclusion of the Gentiles in the people of God. Therefore, this study traces the OT and early Jewish backgrounds of the phrase God is one and their possible links to Gentile inclusion. Following this, Christopher Bruno examines the two key Pauline texts that link the confession of God as one with the inclusion of the Gentiles. Bruno observes a significant discontinuity between the consistent OT and Jewish interpretations of the phrase and Pauls use of God is one in relation to the Gentiles. In the both the OT and earlyJewish literature, the phrase functions as a boundary marker of sorts, distinguishing the covenant people and the Gentiles. The key exception to this pattern is Zech 14:9, which anticipates the confession of God as one expanding to the nations. Similarly, in Romans and Galatians, the phrase is not aboundary marker, but rather grounds the unity of Jew and Gentile. The contextand arguments in Rom 3:30 and Gal 3:20 lead to the conclusion that Pauls monotheism must now be understood in light of the Christ event- moreover, Zech14:9 may play a significant role in the link between Pauls eschatological monotheism and his argument for the inclusion of the Gentiles in Romans and Galatians.