Concordia Theological Monthly

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faith, good work, obedience, grace, st. paul, justified, abraham, modern theology, bultmann

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Bible Study; Lecture; Sermon Prep


The LXX does not afford us much help as we try to understand what St. Paul means by faith, except in one respect, which will be clear later. There is, of course, in the Old Testament the apostle's great example of faith, the patriarch Abraham. The Psalms, moreover, are replete with expressions which are the accents of faith. As Stewart has well said, "The thing itself can be traced everywhere from Genesis to Malachi," and the same writer quite correctly points to Heb. 11 and its many examples of faith drawn from the Old Testament. But the term itself is rather rare. Paul, too, never attempts a definition. However, what the apostle does say about it, the parallel and contrasted ideas with which he brings faith into connection, quite decisively makes the modern view impossible.


Religious Thought, Theology and Philosophy of Religion

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Romans 3:25-27; Romans 9:30; Romans 10:4-6; Romans 11:6; Galatians 2:16; Galatians 3:10; Galatians 3:21; Philippians 3:9; Romans 3:21-26; Romans 4:2;

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Laity; Ministers; Scholars