Monday, 7 December 2015
Unity and Diversity in Christ: Interpreting Paul in Context: Collected Essays,
Willian S. Campbell, Cascade Books, 2013, page 6-7
In the 1990s, William Campbell proposed, in an SBL paper, that rather than the standard model of interpreting Paul as allowing individuals, whether Jews of Gentiles, to choose which lifestyle to follow, that it was a communal determination: groups and leaders of groups. He says:
Hence Jewishness, or as I came to understand, Jewish identity, was both legitimate and relevant for Jews and should be retained in Christ.
As a commanded people, so I should think! Campbell goes on:
If Christ as the promised one of Israel apparently lived life as a Jew, there should be no contradiction in his followers, even after the outpouring of the Holy Spirit upon the gentiles, continuing to live the same way (as did innumerable Christ-followers for several centuries later).