Levenson, Barclay-wrap up

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I want to bring Jon Levenson’s The Love of God and John Barclay’s Paul and the Gift into some kind of relation.

Although both books talk about the love of God, they are different, not just because one is by someone with concern for Jewish theology and the other by someone whose concern is Christian theology.  Jon Levenson’s book is mostly about our response to God’s love as we take up the command to love God with heart, soul and might. Barclay’s book is mostly about God’s love for us expressed in the gift of Christ, which he says was incongruent and without regard for worth.

Barclay plans a future book about our response to the gift.  That one will probably more closely parallel Levenson’s.  It is worth noting that both authors see love as reciprocal. Levenson is not only concerned with legalistic obligation.  And Barclay is not advocating cheap…

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About jamesbradfordpate

My name is James Pate. I study the History of Biblical Interpretation at Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati, Ohio, as part of its Ph.D. program. I have an M.A. in Hebrew Bible from Jewish Theological Seminary, an M.Div. from Harvard Divinity School, and a B.A. from DePauw University. This blog is about my journey. I read books. I watch movies and TV shows. I go to church. I try to find meaning. And, when I can’t do that, I just talk about stuff that I find interesting.
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