Reading Romans after Supersessionism: The Continuation of Jewish Covenantal Identity
Tucker, J. Brian
Eugene, OR: Cascade, 2018 pp. xiv + 296. $36.00
The New Testament after Supersessionism
Description: The Letter to the Romans explains the way Paul thought Jewish covenantal identity continued now that the messianic era had begun. More particularly, Paul addresses the relevance of Abraham for Jews and gentiles, the role of Torah, and the way it is contextualized in Christ. All too often, however, these topics are read in supersessionist ways. This book argues that such readings are unpersuasive. It offers instead a post-supersessionist perspective in which Jewish covenantal identity continues in Paul's gospel. Paul is no destroyer of worlds. The aim of this book is to offer a different view of the key interpretive points that lead to supersessionist understandings of Paul's most important letter. It draws on the findings of those aligned with the Paul within Judaism paradigm and accents those findings with a light touch from social identity theory. When combined, these resources help the reader to hear Romans afresh, in a way that allows both Jewish and non-Jewish existing identities continued relevance.
Subjects: Bible, New Testament, Pauline Epistles, Romans, Literature, Methods, Literary Approaches, Theological Approaches, Theological Interpretation, New Testament Use of Old Testament
Review by Maria Karyakina
Citation: Maria Karyakina, review of J. Brian Tucker, Reading Romans after Supersessionism: The Continuation of Jewish Covenantal Identity, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2020).
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