The truth is that grace, or gift, was not a concept unique to the Christian faith in the first century. In fact, even pagan religion afforded grace a role in the relationship between the gods and their followers. What makes the grace of the Christian gospel unique? In today’s Seven Minute Seminary video, Dr. John Barclay explains that it’s the nature of the recipients—us—that is so telling about the grace of God in Jesus Christ.
John Barclay’s recent scholarly work, Paul and the Gift, is a part of an ongoing conversation on how to interpret grace in Paul’s letters.