Israel’s vocation in Romans 2-3

Euangelion | 10/18/2019 | Staff
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Many find this picture unconvincing and worry that it grounds Israel’s election in their vocation rather than in divine love for Israel. Still, Wright’s picture is hardly idiosyncratic. Much like Rom 2:19, the Jewish sibyl refers to Israel as “the guide of life to all mortals” (Sib. Or. 3.195), while in 1 Enoch the righteous and wise are given the Scriptures to enable them to be “guides” for all the “children of the earth” (1 Enoch 104.12-13; 105.1). In the Jewish scriptures, Israel’s Torah and Temple-worship were meant to have a quasi-kerygmatic character so that the Lord is “praised among the nations” and the “word of the Lord goes forth from Zion” (Deut 4:6; Ps 22:7; 117:1; Jer 31:7; 33:9; Isa 2:3; 12:4; Mic 4:2; Zech 14:16; Tob 14:6; Sir 24:6, 8, 23-24, 32-33; Wis 1:1). Thus, Israel’s “advantage” (Rom 3:1) was to be recipient...
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