One lesson down, another one begins. Such is life.
(On the upside, as one of my long-time jerk friends likes to say, my “gunner” mentality has served me well as I may have “eeked!” or fist pumped or clicked my heels or whatever gunners do when they receive their first 10 out of 10. But that’s not the point. Well, not the only point…)
(B) Next, noticing the “faith vs. works” antithesis (in 4:1–12) and the “faith + promise” correlation (in 4:13–25), discuss the manner in which Paul seems to offer a ‘re-reading’ of the Abraham story in Genesis to do the following two things: (1) One, to reframe Abraham’s character as being one primarily of belief in the divine promise rather than as the supreme exemplar of pious conduct (and thus possibly having a reason to boast); and (2) Two, to de-center Abraham as the primary character in his own narrative, replaced by the God who gives life to the dead.