An exegetical study of the call of Moses, the second giving of the Law, the new covenant, Paul's self-understanding as an apostle, and the prophetic understanding of the history of Israel. Hafemann's work demonstrates Paul's contextual use of the Old Testament and the essential unity of the old and new covenants in view of the distinctive ministries of Moses and Paul.
Endorsements & Reviews-
"Hafemann's very thorough and insightful study deserves to be read widely. Indeed, it will be ineluctable for any further work on this crucial passage and on Pauline theology as a whole." --James Scott, Journal of Biblical Literature
"Hafemann's exhaustive research has become a classic that repays careful study. He provides invaluable instruction on how Paul interpreted the Old Testament--he is not engaging in arbitrary and fanciful midrash--and how it should affect our interpretation of 2 Corinthians and our understanding of his theology. An enormous achievement that illuminates Paul's view of the Law, the Spirit and Israel." --David E. Garland, George W. Truett Theological Seminary, Baylor University
"Scott Hafemann interprets 2 Corinthians 3 in the light of Exodus 32-34 and the expectation of the 'new covenant' in Jeremiah 31 and Ezekiel 36. The sending of Paul and his understanding of the Torah are seen in a new light. Both conclusions enrich (and stimulate) research on Paul." --Peter Stuhlmacher, University of Tubingen
Scott J. Hafemann
Scott J. Hafemann is the Mary F. Rockefeller Distinguished Professor of New Testament at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, having served for nine years as the Gerald F. Hawthorne Professor of New Testament and Greek, Wheaton College and Graduate School. He is the author of the NIV Application Commentary on 2 Corinthians; Suffering and Ministry in the Spirit in the Paternoster Biblical Monograph series; and a study of biblical theology, The God of Promise and the Life of Faith. His current interests are in the Petrine Epistles and the doctrine of justification.