Perspectives on Paul and the Law

The last thirty or more years have seen a healthy debate among Pauline scholars on the issue of "Paul and the Law". In scholarly literature two perspectives are frequently mentioned on this matter. There is the traditional (sometimes called "Lutheran") perspective and then the (so-called) New Perspective. The intention of this brief article is to articulate the views of both approaches. Then it gives an assessment of their relative merits and also suggests a way ahead.