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Paul and Jewish Sacrifices: Perspectives and Arguments

Authors
  • Pereira-Delgado, Álvaro
  • Díez-Herrera, Pablo
Type
Published Article
Journal
Zeitschrift für die neutestamentliche Wissenschaft
Publisher
De Gruyter
Publication Date
Feb 07, 2024
Volume
115
Issue
1
Pages
90–113
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1515/znw-2024-0005
Source
De Gruyter
Keywords
Disciplines
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Abstract

According to the traditional perspective, the early Christians refused to continue with the temple sacrifice. Christ on the cross had already atoned for all sins. Recently, other scholars, especially those belonging to the Radical New Perspective on Paul (or “Paul within Judaism” research), have argued instead that Paul carried on with temple worship, considered it efficacious, and expected Christ-following Jews to continue with the sacrifice. In this research we will investigate the positions of the different perspectives on Paul’s attitude toward Jewish sacrifices and evaluate the arguments at stake. Our research leads us to the conclusion that Paul did not consider the temple sacrifices a problem, but neither did he give them any salvific relevance for the recipients of his letters.

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