MARY SYLVIA C. NWACHUKWU, CREATION-COVENANT SCHEME AND JUSTIFICATION BY FAITH. A Canonical Study of the God-Human Drama in the Pentateuch and the Letter to the Romans
The source of the doctrine of justification is a much-debated topic within Pauline studies. After a brief review of some of the main sources of this doctrine, the author comes out in favor of Paul's Old Testament background, asserting that the creation-covenant scheme in the Pentateuch provides the apostle with his theological foundation in the letter to the Romans.
In the letter to the Romans, the creation-covenant scheme finds expression in the theme of the revelation of God's righteousness (Rom 1,16-17; 3,21-20; 9,30 -10,21). With this theme, Paul shows how the dynamics of the God-human relationship in creation are reordered around the figure of Christ.
The thesis studies the themes of creation and covenant in Genesis, Exodus and Deuteronomy. On the basis of the study of Rom 9-11, it presents the relationship between God's sovereignty and human disobedience as the reality shaping the course of the history of salvation. Finally, the notion of God's covenant gives a unified vision to how justification by faith conveys the biblical idea concerning creation's dependence for its redemption on the salvation of human beings. Under the leadership of the Holy Spirit, believers are conformed to the image of Christ in order to 'relate with creation in a manner that replicates the proper mediation of God's rule.
MARY SYLVIA C. NWACHUKWU is a sister of the Congregation of the Daughters of Divine Love. She obtained a bachelor's degree in Philosophy at the Pontifical Urban University, a bachelor's degree in Theology at the Pontifical Gregorian University, a licentiate in Sacred Scripture at the Pontifical Biblical Institute and her doctorate in Biblical Theology at the Pontifical Gregorian University. She teaches the Old Testament at the Spiritan International School of Theology, Attakwu, Enugu - Nigeria.
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