Tuesday, August 08, 2017

Lecture: Lee Irons on the the ‘Righteousness of God’ in Paul

This October, Charles Lee Irons will be speaking at Phoenix Seminary on what Paul meant by the “righteousness of God” (δικαιοσύνη θεοῦ). This was the topic of his book The Righteousness of God: A Lexical Examination of the Covenant-Faithfulness Interpretation (Mohr, 2015). His thesis challenges the interpretation of this term which has been crucial in the interpretation of Paul by scholars like N.T. Wright, Richard Hays, and others. For a positive review of Irons’s book, see Tom Schreiner’s here; for a strong critique, see John Frederick’s in JBTS (vol. 1)  with a response from Irons.

If you’re in the area, come join us. It’s free and open to the public. No registration needed. Register here.


  1. Will the lecture be taped?

    1. We're thinking about it, Ron. We'll let you know.

  2. What's this to do with textual criticism? :P

  3. He might touch on Rom 5:1, you know.

  4. I'm sure I'll be able to find some variants in there material :)

  5. I don't know about any TC issues affecting this in the NT. But part of the case I'm sure Irons makes is based on precedent for the concept from Jewish literature, including the OT. I don't recall what all the most important passages are, but I would include Jeremiah 23:6 and 33:16. And TC would come into play there, since the Greek version of Jeremiah lacks 33:16 and has the proper name Josedek, instead of "the LORD our righteousness" in Jer 23:6.