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Faith and Righteousness in Second Clement: Probing the Purported Influence of "Late Judaism" and the Beginnings of "Early Catholicism"
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Theology.
2017 (English)In: Glaube: Das Verständnis des Glaubens im frühen Christentum und in seiner jüdischen und hellenistisch-römischen Umwelt / [ed] Jörg Frey, Benjamin Schliesser, and Nadine Ueberschaer, Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2017, p. 683-720Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

This essay calls into question the helpfulness of the categories “Late Judaism” (H. Windisch) and “Early Catholicism” (H. Koester) for analyzing words for faith and faithfulness, righteous and righteousness in Second Clement. An overarching purpose is to interpret the writing’s repeated calls for reciprocity toward Christ or God in light of the mutual expectations of a patron-client relationship, an interpretation that allows for an appreciation of the believer’s ongoing obligations toward God without construing those obligations as an expression of legalism (R. Bultmann). The author of Second Clement can, without propounding legalism, both acknowledge salvation as the gift of God and demand a proper, and continuing, response to that gift. The paper also points out over-corrections by some scholars, who downplay the reciprocity toward God that the writing repeatedly stipulates. Furthermore, it is argued that differences in Second Clement’s soteriology from those of Paul or the Synoptic Gospels need not be pejoratively criticized as corruptions of earlier Christian traditions due to “the spirit of Late Judaism” (Windisch) or to Hellenistic asceticism (Bultmann). Faith(fulness) is of interest to the author of Second Clement only insofar as it leads to a commensurate orthopraxis. Those who carry out “justice” (δικαιοσύνη) will themselves be “just” (δίκαιοι), whether in the nearer future (2 Clem. 15:3) or after the final judgment (11:1; 17:7). By shedding the imprecise and unhelpful categories “Late Judaism” and “Early Catholicism,” a more nuanced understanding of faith and righteousness in this writing emerges.

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Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2017. p. 683-720
Series
Wissenschaftliche Untersuchungen zum Neuen Testament, ISSN 0512-1604 ; 377
Keywords [en]
faith; righteousness; Late Judaism; Early Catholicism; Second Epistle of Clement
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Religious Studies
Research subject
New Testament Exegesis
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-336714ISBN: 9783161538780 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-336714DiVA, id: diva2:1166748
Available from: 2017-12-15 Created: 2017-12-15 Last updated: 2017-12-15

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