Paul and the Torah

Synopsis

While the task of exegesis after Auschwitz has been to expose the anti-Judaism inherent in the Christian tradition, the founding of the Jewish state has also helped show the continuation of the covenant between God and Israel. For Lloyd Gaston, the living reality of Judaism makes possible a better understanding of Paul's prophetic call as Apostle to the Gentiles. In Paul and the Torah, Gaston argues that the terms of Paul's mission must be taken seriously and that it is totally inappropriate to regard his 'conversion' as a transition from one religion to another. Paul's congregations were not made up of Christian Jews: they were exclusively Gentile. Thus he focused on God's promises to Abraham concerning Gentiles, which were fulfilled in the faithfulness of Jesus Christ.