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Ancient Laws and Contemporary ControversiesThe Need for Inclusive Biblical Interpretation$
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Cheryl Anderson

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780195305500

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195305500.001.0001

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Jesus, Paul, the Law, and Inclusive Biblical Interpretation

Jesus, Paul, the Law, and Inclusive Biblical Interpretation

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(p.79) 4 Jesus, Paul, the Law, and Inclusive Biblical Interpretation
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Ancient Laws and Contemporary Controversies
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Cheryl B. Anderson (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195305500.003.0004

Christians commonly believe that the New Testament “does away with” the laws of the Hebrew Bible, but Jesus and Paul are seen instead to embrace the continuing relevance of the laws while rejecting interpretations that exclude or burden the marginalized. In their own re‐interpretations of the laws, Jesus and Paul grounded their understandings in biblical texts and traditions, considered the impact of their readings on marginalized groups (the poor, the less educated, women, slaves, the gentiles), and identified as an interpretive norm God's absolute requirement to love one's neighbor. The interpretive norm of “love” is sometimes suspect today, and in Christian history, the “love” of the (white, affluent, male, heterosexual) dominant interpreters for the “Other” is characterized by control and condescension. However, this chapter argues that a love grounded in a willingness to be silent and listen may yet promise the development of genuinely inclusive interpretive communities.

Keywords:   gentiles, Jesus, laws, love, Paul, Pharisees, poor, slaves, tradition, women

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