Jason Meyer began a four part series today discussing “Galatians 3:10 and the ‘Works of the Law’ (ex ergōn nomou).” He introduces it as a slightly revised version of a discussion in his forthcoming book: The End of the Law: Mosaic Covenant in Pauline Theology. Nashville: B & H Academic, 2009. 080544842X, 9780805448429.
The first post is concerned with the meaning of “from the works of the law” (ex ergōn nomou eisin). He argues that it should be taken in a purely descriptive way; i.e. as “works demanded by the law.” In this he positions himself within the stream of Douglas Moo and Moises Silva. I will be interested to see where he takes this series in the next three sections.
June 5 The second post looks at the inferences of his conclusion about the interpretation “works demanded by the law.” According to this conclusion 3:10 should be translated as “for as many as are ‘of the works commanded by the law’ are under a curse.” The natural question is “why does a curse come to those who are of the works of the law?” This post looks at some of the ways in which scholars have dealt with the logic of 3:10. He promises that the next post will look at how to asses the various answers to the logic of 3:10.
June 7 Meyer’s third post claims that “Neither the traditional nor the redemptive-historical view goes far enough in its analysis of the law. The problem with the Law is three-fold: (1) anthropology, (2) ontology, and (3) chronology.” He then looks at the first two of these issues. He concludes with charting the law/flesh and faith/spirit contrast, concluding, “The joining of the Law and flesh highlights the two problems we have been discussing. The Law (though good and spiritual) does not have the power (ontological problem) to overcome the flesh (anthropological problem).”
June 8 Meyer completed his series on Galatians 3:10 today by discussing whether or not Paul implied that the Law requires perfect obedience. Not surprisingly, Meyer disagrees with Sanders and others of the NPP persuasion. He ends by hoping that this discussion will continue in the blogosphere.
Meyer seems to be solidly Baptist; currently assistant professor of Religion (New Testament and Greek) at Louisiana College in Pineville, Louisiana and holding degrees from Oklahoma Wesleyan University (BS) and Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (MDiv, PhD). His PhD was earned under Tom Schreiner and his dissertation is being published later this year as the book mentioned above.