If the ground starts rumbling beneath your feet on Thursday at about 4:30pm ET, just know that it’s me reading my paper at the annual meeting of the Evangelical Theological Society in Providence, Rhode Island (a paper unrelated to the aforementioned amendment). For those who might be interested, here’s the abstract summary of my presentation.
‘Godâ€™s Inactive Righteousness: A Clarification Regarding the Meaning of Paulâ€™s â€œRighteousnessâ€ Language’
by Denny Burk
Paulâ€™s scattered references to the â€œrighteousness of Godâ€ should be interpreted in light of the fact that his original audience would have heard his letters read aloud to them. I suggest two things about what Paulâ€™s original audience would have heard as this letter was read to them: (1) they would not have heard the phrase â€œrighteousness of Godâ€ as either a subjective or an objective genitive, but (2) they would have heard Î´Î¹ÎºÎ±Î¹Î¿Ïƒá½»Î½Î· as the nominalization of an attribute. These two observations will not enable us to say definitively what the correct interpretation of â€œrighteousness of Godâ€ is in Paulâ€™s letters (that is beyond the scope of this short paper), but they will help us to rule out some interpretations currently on offer.