On Israel's God and God's Israel: Assessing Supersessionism in Paul

Bruce Ward Longenecker

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Contemporary interpretation of Paul continues to be enthralled by and entrenched within a debate about Paul and Judaism. Within that debate, the issue of supersessionism is of critical significance, lurking under every exegetical stone, whether or not it rises to the fore of any given scholar's work. Does the church replace ethnic Israel in Paul's thinking (as so many have imagined throughout the history of the Christian church)? Or is ethnic Israel on a separate salvific path by way of her covenant election (as many are currently advocating)? Or are there other dimensions to be considered? This essay outlines basic interpretative options on the issue of supersessionism in Paul, assessing the exegetical merits of 'two ways' and replacement scenarios, and offering reflections on the debate in its contemporary setting.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)26-44
Number of pages19
JournalJournal of Theological Studies
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2007


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