Over the last week I’ve been posting brief portions of my conclusion to the book All That the Prophets Have Declared, showing how each of the chapters relates to the key thread that holds the volume together: the idea that the New Testament writers follow the lead of Jesus himself, in creatively rereading their Scriptures in the light of the Christ event. Here’s the section on Seifrid’s chapter:
The volume then moves to a focus on Paul, beginning with Mark A Seifrid’s chapter. This contribution involves the most lengthy exegetical analysis of the volume. Seifrid aims to show how in practice, Paul’s ‘encounter with Christ’ has resulted in a new sense of personal identity, and a new understanding of Scripture. For Paul, while the scriptures precede and promise Christ, it is Christ who surprisingly ‘figures out’ the scriptures (specifically, the law). For the Galatians, this perspective requires application to their own sense of identity: in accordance with Paul’s (re-)reading of Scripture, they are to understand their identity as granted from God in Christ, rather than generated or maintained by visible boundary markers. (203-4)
When Seifrid presented this material, it was actually the first time he had presented when Tom Wright was in the audience. You might detect, if you read the chapter, that it is at odds with Wright’s sense of Galatians – but let the reader decide!