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Constructing a New Covenant

Thomas R. Blanton

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ISBN 10: 3161492072 / ISBN 13: 9783161492075
Published by Mohr Siebeck Gmbh & Co. K Mrz 2011, 2011
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Neuware - Thomas R. Blanton, IV seeks to reconstruct the social contexts in which two discourses that involve the 'new covenant' were written, and to which they responded. He first examines the Damascus Document from among the Dead Sea scrolls, arguing that this discourse was crafted in order to delegitimate Hasmonean claims to the high priesthood and Pharisaic claims to authority in legal interpretation. In the second half of the book, the author argues that Paul crafted his discourse on the new covenant in opposition to an ideology that was espoused by a rival group of missionaries, according to which, under the conditions of the new covenant, the spirit of God was thought to empower individuals to follow the Torah with perfect obedience. In opposition to this view, Paul argued that law and spirit were antithetical terms. Thus, he attempted to bolster the credibility of his own law-free message. 271 pp. Englisch. Bookseller Inventory # 9783161492075

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Title: Constructing a New Covenant

Publisher: Mohr Siebeck Gmbh & Co. K Mrz 2011

Publication Date: 2011

Binding: Taschenbuch

Book Condition: Neu

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Thomas R. Blanton, IV seeks to reconstruct the social contexts in which two discourses that involve the new covenant were written, and to which they responded. He first examines the Damascus Document from among the Dead Sea scrolls, arguing that this discourse was crafted in order to delegitimate Hasmonean claims to the high priesthood and Pharisaic claims to authority in legal interpretation. In response to the claims and practices advocated by these rival groups, the Essene sect crafted a discourse which construed the new covenant as one that supported Essene claims that they were the legitimate bearers of high priestly authority and the divinely authorized interpreters of the Torah. In the second half of the book, the author argues that Paul crafted his discourse on the new covenant in opposition to an ideology that was espoused by a rival group of missionaries, according to which, under the conditions of the new covenant, the spirit of God was thought to empower individuals to follow the Torah with perfect obedience. Paul crafted his own discourse in opposition to this view, positing that law and spirit were antithetical terms. By arguing in this way, he attempted to bolster the credibility of his own law-free message.

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Thomas R. Blanton, Born 1968; 1991 B.A. (Psychology) University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; 1994 M.T.S. Duke Divinity School; 2006 PhD (Biblical Studies) Divinity School, University of Chicago; Indexer-Analyst, American Theological Library Association.

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