This book explores the link between Paul's belief that Jesus is Israel's Messiah, and his interpretation of the Abrahamic Land Promise in Galatians. Countering claims that Paul replaces the Promised Land with the gift of the Spirit or salvation, Esau McCaulley argues that Paul expands this inheritance to include the whole earth; believing that, as the seed of Abraham and David, Jesus is entitled to the entire world as his inheritance and kingdom.
argues that scholars have neglected Paul's expanded interpretation of the
inheritance of the earth, rarely appreciate the role that messianism plays in
Galatians, and fail to acknowledge that Second Temple authors often portrayed
royal and messianic figures as God's means of fulfilling the promises made to
Abraham and Israel, via the establishment of kingdoms. Through a
of texts from the Pseudepigrapha, apocrypha, and the Dead Sea Scrolls with Galatians 3:1?4:7, 5:21, McCaulley argues Paul's interpretation of Jesus's death is a manifestation of Second Temple messianism because it ends the covenant curses outlined in Deuteronomy and begins the restoration of the inheritance to Abraham's offspring through the establishment of Jesus's worldwide kingdom; he concludes that Paul's interpretation of the Abrahamic inheritance is inseparable from his belief that Jesus is Israel's Messiah.
Esau McCaulley is Assistant Professor of New Testament and Early Christianity at Roberts Wesleyan College, USA.