In this book, four views are offered in this topic of Paul: Reformed (by Thomas R. Schreiner), Catholic (by Luke Timothy Johnson), Post-New Perspective (by Douglas A. Campbell), and Jewish (by Mark D. Nanos).
I came across this passage this morning:
“When the Israelites were in the desert, they found a man gathering wood on the Sabbath day. Those who found him gathering wood brought him to Moses, Aaron, and the entire community. They placed him in custody, because it wasn’t clear what should be done to him. Then the Lord said to Moses: The man should be put to death. The entire community should stone him outside the camp. The entire community took him outside the camp and stoned him. He died as the Lord had commanded Moses.” – Numbers 15:32-36
This troubled me when I read this. We don’t know why he was doing what he was doing. But my first thoughts were, “what wrong was this man doing? He obviously was gathering wood to build a fire. What if he needed to cook? What if was trying to feed his family?”
Does the Gospel abrogate the Law? Or, does the Law still have a place for Christian belief and practice? Are all laws and commandments in the Old Covenant no longer necessary? And if some are still necessary, how do you decide? This book explores five major approaches to this topic on Law and Gospel. Whether you’re wanting to come to a better understanding on the relationship between the two, knowing the various views, or using it to help strengthen your position, or establish a new one for you, I recommend taking a look at this book.