In her lecture, Lynn H. Cohick explores Paul's desire to know Christ, as expressed in Philippians 3:1-21. In this passage, Paul contrasts redemption in Christ with both his former way of life as a Pharisee and with Roman imperial propaganda. The lecture discusses how the New Perspective on Paul brings Second Temple Judaism into sharp focus, thereby illuminating Paul's discussion of righteousness and the Law. Paul's claims about resurrection challenge Rome's political ideology. How might Paul's view of Jewish life shape our understanding of Christian faithfulness? Is Paul's critique helpful for our engagement with current uses of political and military power?
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