Friday, June 8, 2007

Francis Watson on the New Perspective

In 1977 the face of New Testament Studies began to take a drastic turn when E.P. Sanders published "Paul and Palestinian Judaism." Among other things Sanders suggested that first century Judaism had been misunderstood by Luther and the other Reformers and that this misunderstanding had colored all subsequent scholarship. Sanders suggested that the Judaism of the first century was one of "grace" and not one of "works righteousness" as Luther had understood. One prominent scholar who initially adopted a similar understanding, although not identical, was Francis Watson. Watson has sense changed his position and written a paper critiquing the New Perspective. Watson's paper can be read by clicking here.

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