Israel and the mercy of God: A re-reading of Galatians 6.16 and Romans 9-11
Noting the conjunction of 'mercy' and 'Israel' in Galatians 6.16 and Romans 9-11, this article argues that in both letters 'Israel' denotes the Jews. In Galatians 6.16, with an on-going mission to the Jews in view, Paul invokes peace on those who live according to the new creation, and mercy on unbelieving Israel. In Romans 9-11, he draws on both Scripture and his own experience of mercy to revisit the question of Israel's destiny, discerning therein a providential pattern of a divine call that is interrupted by obduracy under the law, and ultimately fulfilled in Christ. Copyright © Cambridge University Press 2010.
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