Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Exegetical-Theological Integration

I need to do an exegtical- theological integration between Galatians 2:16 and James 2:24. I thought it will be challenging and now I think it has proven to be too challenging. What with the New Perspective on Paul and the debate between the subjective genitive and objective genetive of πίστις ' Ιησου Χρίστου (pistis Iesou Christou); subjective being faith that is from Christ, and the objective being our faith in Christ. But since it is meant to be a "brief paper" of 3 to 4 pages, I suppose if I just concentrated on integrating justified by faith and justified by works, it should suffice. Phew!

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  1. I saw a magician solve the Rubik's cube by throwing it up in the air, and then he said that all of our problems can be solved by looking in the Bible.

  2. 3-4 pages only ah, not 30-40 pages...hahaha

  3. so what exactly is an exegetical-theological integration?

    Coincidentally enough, read a booklet on the New Perspective today; i don't think i want to touch that minefield even with a barge-pole!

  4. Julia,
    What were your thoughts then?

  5. Kar Yong,
    Been trying SO hard to keep to just 4 pages for the last 2 papers that I bet this is no different. And I think if wanna include the NPP and the subj/obj genitive, I think even 40 pages won't be enough!!

  6. BK,
    If you look at Gal 2:16 and James 2:24, Paul talks about justification by faith in Christ Jesus and not by works of the law while James talks about justification by works and not faith alone. So an exegetical-theological integration is how we can integrate these 2 lines of thought using exegesis and theology.

    i don't think i want to touch that minefield even with a barge-pole!
    I had no choice because I need to prepare for the paper. Thankfully it is just a 3-4 page one and I need not go into it. But at least I am aware of it. That is a big relief!!

  7. Pearlie,

    I think the key is in the word, "justified." James is talking about a different justification than Paul.

    Paul is talking about the kinds of physical works we could bring to please God. All our works are filthy rags, so we cannot please Him. James is talking about the kinds of works that flow through us from a pleased God. So, Paul is talking about us being justified before God, while James is talking about our living-ness being justified before the world.

    James is talking about justification, but it's not as intensely forensic as Paul's.

  8. Codepoke,
    Yup, that will basically be what I will be writing about. Thanks for your thoughts.

  9. :-)

    Glad I'm in the ballpark. Have fun.