This is a a re-post from 9.14.09 since this book is now available at Westminster Bookstore and is 34% off for only $13.19.
One of the things I use this blog for is for storing items that I find interesting online. There is a very interesting book that has just been published by Jason Meyer, The End of the Law: Mosaic Covenant in Pauline Theology that explores the relationship of Pauline theology and the Mosaic Covenant. Two of the questions Meyer considers are 1) What does Paul mean by calling the Mosaic covenant old; and 2) What does Paul mean by referring to the new covenant as new.
There is a short, 3 question interview that Justin Taylor has done with Meyer about the book that you can read at Justin's blog, Between Two Worlds. Of particular interest to me is Meyer's purposeful use of Geerhardus Vos' redemptive-historical and eschatological theological method to explain the difference between "old" and "new":
[Vos] says that “the comprehensive antithesis of the First Adam and the Last Adam, sin and righteousness, the flesh and the Spirit, law and faith” are “precisely the historic reflections of the one great transcendental antithesis between this world and the world-to-come.” Paul contrasts the old and the new because the new age has come. This invasion of the age to come into the present evil age creates eschatological contrasts, (emphasis mine).In the Introduction, which can be seen here along with the "Table of Contents," Meyer clearly sets forth his thesis,
Paul conceives of the Mosaic (old) covenant as fundamentally non-eschatological in contrast to the eschatological nature of the new covenant.He goes on to say that,
Paul declares that the Mosaic covenant is now old because it belongs to the old age, whereas the new covenant is new because it belongs to the new eschatological age. . . . As the eschatological covenant, the new covenant consists of what one could call "eschatological intervention," while the old covenant does not. God intervenes through his Holy Spirit in the new eschatological age in order to create what he calls for in the new covenant. The Mosaic covenant lacked this power to produce what it commanded.This book is Meyer's doctoral dissertation under Tom Schreiner at Southern Seminary. Given what I know from studying under Schreiner at Southern, this book should be top notch.
It interests me to see how Meyer as a Baptist will develop this thesis that hinges on a Vossian reading of the text, as it was my own Vossian reading of the text while at Southern that lead me to embrace infant baptism and shift from being a Baptist to being Presbyterian.