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WHOSE WORLD, WHICH LAW?

  • Richard B. Hays (a1)
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This essay was presented as the 2015 McDonald Distinguished Scholar Lecture at the Center for the Study of Law and Religion, Emory University.

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1 Author's emphases. Except where noted, all passages quoted from the Bible are from the New Revised Standard Version.

2 For a nuanced discussion of the issues raised by this passage, see Rowe C. Kavin, World Upside Down: Reading Acts in the Graeco-Roman Age (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2009), 5762 .

3 On the role of Islamic law in shaping the agenda of the Islamic State, see the fascinating account given in Graeme Wood, “What ISIS Really Wants,” Atlantic, March 2015, http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2015/03/what-isis-really-wants/384980/.

4 Jenson Robert W., “How the World Lost Its Story,” First Things (October 1993): 1924, 21.

5 My exegetical observations here are partly adumbrated in an earlier essay. Hays Richard B., “Three Dramatic Roles: The Law in Romans 3–4,” The Conversion of the Imagination: Paul as Interpreter of Israel's Scripture (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans William B., 2005), 85100 .

6 Author's translation.

7 Winger Michael, By What Law? The Meaning of Nomos in the Letters of Paul, Society of Biblical Literature Dissertation Series 128 (Atlanta: Scholars Press, 1992), 109.

8 Hays, “Three Dramatic Roles,” 93.

9 For a broader discussion of the New Testament's retrospective figural hermeneutic, see Hays Richard B., Reading Backwards: Figural Christology and the Fourfold Gospel Witness (Waco: Baylor University Press, 2014).

10 See Marshall Christopher D., Compassionate Justice: An Interdisciplinary Dialogue with Two Gospel Parables on Law, Crime, and Restorative Justice, Theopolitical Visions 15 (Eugene: Cascade Books, 2012).

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