‘Peace through the Cross’—The Salvation of Jews and Gentiles

Philip G. Ziegler*

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Central to Markus Barth’s work as a New Testament exegete was pursuit of an ever more responsible interpretation of the letters of the Apostle Paul that combined rigorous historical and theological concerns into a form of ‘biblical theology’. The culmination of this endeavour is unarguably his two-volume commentary on Ephesians. This essay explores the central claims advanced in that commentary with an especial focus on Barth’s claim that Ephesians 2:11-22 represents a high point in Paul’s witness concerning Jews and Gentiles. It goes on to demonstrate how Barth understood justification as the ‘socio-historical’ outworking of God’s reconciling act in Jesus Christ. It concludes by examining some of the consequences of Barth’s contentions for orienting Christians towards the important task of Jewish-Christian ecumenism in the present.
Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Reformed Theology
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 13 May 2020


  • Ephesians
  • Jewish-Christian relations
  • Justification
  • Paul
  • Ecumenism

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