Thursday, 31 December 2015
Why will 'All Israel' be saved? IV
Paul and the Torah,
Lloyd Gaston, Wipf & Stock, 2006, page 148
Here is Gaston's fourth answer to the question "Why will all Israel be saved?":
Because God will make them jealous of the salvation that has come to Gentiles. It is not said that God will provoke them to faith in Christ, althouh this is usually assumed without discussion ... Conversion is not the most natural way to think about it. It has happened again and again in genuine Jewish-Christian dialogue that a nominal Jew became jealous of a faithful Christian and so became a more faithful Jew or that a nominal Christian became jealous of a faithful Jew and so became a more faithful Christian. While Paul does not have individuals as such in mind, surely a good way to understand the jealousy motif (as in Deuteronomy 32:21) is that Israel would become more faithful to Torah.