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Bibil Identifier bibil:229280
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) The Christo-Centrism of Faith in Christ: Martin Luther's Reading of Galatians 2.16, 19–20
Author Linebaugh, Jonathan A.
Journal New Testament Studies (Volume: 59, Issue: 4)
Year (Publication) 2013
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2013
Year (Copyright) 2013
Year (Reference) 2013
Language English
Pages 535-544 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract It is regularly suggested that the great weakness of reformational orderings of ‘faith’ and ‘justification’ is that they fail to coordinate Christology and the doctrine of justification. Behind this assertion is a particular construal of the pistis Christou debate: the interpretative decision to read Christ as the object of faith contributes to an anthropocentric account of justification whereas a ‘subjective’ interpretative of the genitive phrase restores the (Pauline) relationship between Jesus and justification. This article will argue that this is a misreading of Protestant theology, at least as it comes to expression in Martin Luther's exegesis of Galatians 2.16, 19-20 which presents a radically Christocentric account of ‘faith in Christ’. For Luther, the sola fide, as an interpretation of a Pauline antithesis—‘not by works of the law, but through faith in Jesus Christ’—, is an anthropological negation and a christological confession: it excludes the human as the subject of salvation and confesses Christ, who is present in faith, as the one by, in, and on the basis of whom God justifies the ungodly.
DOI 10.1017/S0028688513000210
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Bible (as a whole) : History of Interpretation and Reception : Important Persons : Renaissance - Reformation (15th -16th cent.) : Luther, Martin
Thesaurus BiBIL : New Testament (Introduction) : Theology : Themes : Faith
Thesaurus BiBIL : New Testament (Introduction) : Theology : Themes : Christology
Pericopes Galatians 2,16
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