I’ll be in Escondido tomorrow at Westminster Seminary California for the Far West Region Meeting of ETS. At 5:00pm, I will be reading a paper in which I summarize the chapter of my dissertation where I analyze the language of righteousness (and the righteousness of God) in the Old Testament.
Which reminds me — both of my mentors (Drs. Hagner and Kim) and the external reader have examined my dissertation, “ΔΙΚΑΙΟΣΥΝΗ ΘΕΟΥ: A Lexical Examination of the Covenant-Faithfulness Interpretation.” The first two passed it as superior and the third passed it as adequate. Part of the third reader's concern with my dissertation flows from the fact that, although he is a fellow critic of the New Perspective on Paul, he questions the Reformed interpretation of righteousness as a gift from God, isolated from Christ, and wishes to recover Luther’s own view of Christ himself as our righteousness, which (he argues) does not rely on the concept of imputation. Nevertheless, he had some very helpful and detailed criticisms that I will need to ponder more carefully. In any event, it is a relief to know that I have passed. So, it looks like I will be graduating this June.