Book Details

God and Grace in Philo and Paul (by Orrey McFarland)
Novum Testamentum, Supplements
ISBN13: 9789004307810
Publication Date: November 2015


In God and Grace in Philo and Paul, Orrey McFarland examines how Philo of Alexandria and the Apostle Paul understood divine grace. While scholars have occasionally observed that Philo and Paul both speak about God’s generosity, such work has often placed the two theologians in either strong continuity or stark discontinuity without probing into the theological logic that animates the particularities of their thought. By contrast, McFarland sets Philo and Paul in conversation and argues that both could speak of divine gifts emphatically and in formally similar ways while making materially different theological judgments in the context of their concrete historical settings and larger theological frameworks. That is, McFarland demonstrates how their theologies of grace are neither identical nor antithetical.

Table of Contents

1 The Perfect God Who Gives
2 Cosmological Ethics, Gifted Virtue, and Worth
3 The Christ-Event Within the Divine Gift-Economy
4 Proclaiming and Receiving the Incongruous Gift
5 The Gift and the Creation of Gift-Communities