„Christ-Faith“ as an Eschatological Event (Galatians 3.23-26): A „Third View“ on Πίστις Χριστοῦ

Schliesser, Benjamin (2016). „Christ-Faith“ as an Eschatological Event (Galatians 3.23-26): A „Third View“ on Πίστις Χριστοῦ. Journal for the Study of the New Testament, 38(3), pp. 277-300. Sage 10.1177/0142064X15621654

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The meaning of πίστις Χριστοῦ in Paul (Gal. 2.16, 20; 3.22; Rom. 3.22, 26; Phil. 3.9) continues to be the subject of controversial debate in Pauline scholarship. Should the genitive construction be understood objectively as ‘faith in Christ’ or subjectively as ‘the faith(fulness) of Christ’? The prevalent either/or character of the discussion is increasingly proving to be an impediment to finding a solution to this issue. A minority view, the so-called ‘third view’, seeks to move beyond the subjective-objective dichotomy by accounting for the intrinsic complexity of the Greek genitive and pointing to the event-character of πίστις in Paul. The primary reference text for this ‘third view’ is Gal. 3.23-26, which exhibits an altogether remarkable language of faith and envisages πίστις as ‘coming’ (ἔρχεσθαι) and as ‘being revealed’ (ἀποκαλύπτεσθαι). This article reviews the exegetical status quaestionis and argues that Paul does not regard πίστις Χριστοῦ as an individual disposition or character (either Christ’s or that of the believer), but rather as an eschatological event. The aim is not to offer a comprehensive analysis of the verses in question, but to advance exegetical and theological support for the ‘third view’ and to point to its considerable explanatory power in our effort for a more nuanced appreciation of Paul’s language of faith.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

01 Faculty of Theology > Department of Protestant Theology > Institute of Biblical Studies
01 Faculty of Theology > Department of Protestant Theology > Institute of Biblical Studies > New Testament

UniBE Contributor:

Schliesser, Benjamin

Subjects:

200 Religion > 220 The Bible

ISSN:

0142-064X

Publisher:

Sage

Language:

English

Submitter:

Benjamin Schliesser

Date Deposited:

13 Apr 2017 14:01

Last Modified:

20 Apr 2017 08:26

Publisher DOI:

10.1177/0142064X15621654

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.98602

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/98602

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