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  • n. The following of religious laws or commandments as the chief aspect of religiousness.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Strict adherence to law, especially in the nomistic religions, that is, religions which possess codes for the regulation of the cult and of life.


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Ancient Greek νόμος (nomos, "law") + -ism


  • 'Law' is in no adequate sense what the Jews themselves understood by the nomism of their religion.


  • For example, as editor Scott Clark says in CJPM, covenant nomism and federal theology cannot both be correct.


  • Second, and more importantly, Sanders [and the NPP] has erected the structure of covenantal nomism as [their] alternative to merit theology …. covenantal nomism as a category is not really an alternative to merit theology, and therefore it is no real response to it. News

  • By putting over against merit theology not grace but covenantal nomism, Sanders [and the NPP] has managed to have a structure that preserves grace in the 'getting in' while preserving works (and frequently some form or other of merit theology) in the 'staying in.' News

  • As far as covenantal nomism is concerned, 'getting in' focuses on the community as the recipient of God's grace and promises, whereas Philo is interested in the individual's search for God. News

  • "that the category of covenantal nomism is simply unsatisfactory for this literature." News

  • "covenantal nomism", Sanders, in 1977, gave it this label and it is, simply put: News

  • Antiquities nowhere mentions the covenant …. it follows then, that Sanders '[and the NPP's]' covenantal nomism 'is a particularly inappropriate category for Josephus. "(pg. News

  • 'See, we don't have merit theology here; we have covenantal nomism' - but the covenantal nomism [they] construct is so flexible that it includes and baptizes a great deal of merit theology. "(pg. News

  • "4 Ezra does rather importantly illustrate how the basic and very flexible pattern of covenantal nomism could take forms in which the emphasis is overwhelmingly on meriting salvation by works of obedience to the Law, with the result that human achievement takes center-stage and God's grace, while presupposed, is effectively marginalized" (pg. News


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