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Invention of JudaismTorah and Jewish Identity from Deuteronomy to Paul$
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John J. Collins

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780520294110

Published to California Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520294110.001.0001

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Paul, Torah, and Jewish Identity

Paul, Torah, and Jewish Identity

(p.159) Chapter 8 Paul, Torah, and Jewish Identity
Invention of Judaism

John J. Collins

University of California Press

Paul’s attitude to the Law has been endlessly debated. Several scholars have argued in recent years that Paul’s critique of the Law only applied to Gentiles, and that he assumed its continued validity for Jews. But in fact Paul claimed to have a new revelation, which superseded the Law for Jews as well as for Gentiles. Neither circumcision nor uncircumcision ultimately mattered. Paul may not have objected to continued Jewish observance of the Torah, but he undermined its significance to a great degree. He arguably posed a greater threat to Jewish identity than had Antiochus Epiphanes in the Maccabean era.

Keywords:   Circumcision, new perspective, faith, works of the law, eschatology

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