40 Questions about Christians and Biblical Law


Some of the 40 questions about biblical law and Christianity addressed by Dr. Schreiner are:

What Does the Word Law Mean in the Scriptures"

Does the Old Testament Teach That Salvation Is by Works"

Does Paul Teach That the Old Testament Law Is Now Abolished"

Is the Sabbath Still Required for Christians"


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Some of the 40 questions about biblical law and Christianity addressed by Dr. Schreiner are:

What Does the Word Law Mean in the Scriptures"

Does the Old Testament Teach That Salvation Is by Works"

Does Paul Teach That the Old Testament Law Is Now Abolished"

Is the Sabbath Still Required for Christians"

Should Christians Tithe"

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780825438912
  • Publisher: Kregel Publications
  • Publication date: 10/8/2010
  • Series: 40 Questions and Answers Series
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 715,717
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Thomas R. Schreiner (PhD, Fuller Theological Seminary) has been faculty at the Southern Seminary since 1997. He has taught at Bethel Theological Seminary, as well as Azusa Pacific University. Dr. Schreiner, a Pauline scholar, is the author or editor of several books including, Romans, in the Baker Exegetical Commentary Series on the New Testament; Interpreting the Pauline Epistles; The Law and Its Fulfillment: A Pauline Theology of Law; The Race Set Before Us: A Biblical Theology of Perseverance and Assurance; Still Sovereign: Contemporary Perspectives of Election, Foreknowledge, and Grace, co-edited with Bruce A. Ware; Paul, Apostle of God’s Glory in Christ: A Pauline Theology, 1 and 2 Peter, Jude.

Benjamin L. Merkle (PhD, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary) is Professor of New Testament Greek at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary and is the author of 40 Questions about Elders and Deacons.

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Table of Contents

Foreword A. Andrew Das 9

Preface 11

Introduction 13

Abbreviations 15

Part 1 The Law in the Old Testament

1 What Does the Word Law Mean in the Scriptures" 19

2 Was the Mosaic Covenant Legalistic" 25

3 Does the Old Testament Teach That Salvation Is by Works" 29

Part 2 The Law in Paul

A Questions Related to the New Perspective

4 What Is the New Perspective on Paul, and How Should It Be Assessed" 35

5 What Does the Expression "Works of Law" Mean in Paul" 41

6 Does Paul Condemn Legalism in His Letters" 47

7 Is Perfect Obedience to the Law Mandatory for Salvation" 53

8 How Should We Understand the Use of Leviticus 18:5 in the Scriptures" 59

B Questions Related to the Role of the Law in the Christian Life

9 Does Paul Teach That the Old Testament Law Is Now Abolished" 67

10 What Does the Phrase "Under Law" Mean in Paul" 73

11 Are Gentiles Under the Law" 77

12 According to Paul, What Was the Purpose of the Law" 81

13 How Do Paul's Negative Comments About the Law Fit with the Positive Statements About the Law in Psalm 19 and Psalm 119" 85

14 Does Paul Distinguish Between the Moral, Ceremonial, and Civil Law" 89

15 Are Christians Under the Third Use of the Law" 97

16 What Is the "Law of Christ"" 101

17 Is the Law Fulfilled Through Love" 105

C Questions Related to Justification

18 What Is the Old Testament Background for the Righteousness of God" 109

19 What Does the Word Justify Mean in Paul" 117

20 What Does Paul Mean by "the Righteousness of God"" 121

21 Does the Pauline Teaching on Justification Contradict Jesus' Message" 129

22 Should "Faith of Christ" (pistis Christou) Be Translated "Faithfulness of Christ" or "Faith in Christ"" 133

23 Does Justification by Faith Alone Lead to Moral Laxity" 139

24 Does Paul Teach That Christians Are Judged by Their Good Works on the Last Day" 143

25 Do James and Paul Contradict One Another on Justification by Works" 147

Part 3 The Law in the Gospels and Acts

26 What Is the Role of the Law in the Gospel of Mark" 155

27 How Should We Understand Matthew's View of the Law" 161

28 How Should We Understand the Antitheses in Matthew 5:21-48" 165

29 Why Do Some Scholars Think Luke-Acts Has a Remarkably Conservative View of the Law" 171

30 How Should We Understand the Role of the Law in Luke- Acts" 175

31 What Is the Apostolic Decree of Acts 15, and What Does It Contribute to Luke's Theology of Law" 181

32 Why Did Paid Circumcise Timothy When He Refused to Circumcise Titus" 185

33 How Should We Describe the Role of the Law in the Gospel of John" 189

Part 4 The Law in the General Epistles

34 What Does John Mean by Keeping God's Commands in 1 and 2 John" 195

35 What Does James Teach Us About Keeping God's Law" 199

36 What Does the Letter to the Hebrews Teach Us About the Law" 203

Part 5 The Law and Contemporary Issues

37 Is the Sabbath Still Required for Christians" 209

38 Should Christians Tithe" 219

39 What Is Theonomy, or Christian Reconstructionism, and How Should It Be Evaluated" 223

40 What Role Does the Law Have in Preaching" 227

Annotated Bibliography 231

List of Figures 235

Scripture Index 237

Ancient Sources Index 255

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