As I promised yesterday we have Abram K-J’s review of Chapter 4, “Phinehan Zeal and Works of the Law: What Paul and James Are Really Saying” from Craig A. Evans’ From Jesus to the Church: The First Christian Generation. In conclusion he states:
The chapter does a good job of setting the faith and works/works of the law discussion in broader context. Phinehas is an under-mentioned figure in Christian faith and works conversations, so I appreciate Evans’s examination at that figure in Jewish and Christian literature. Looking at more biblical and extrabiblical texts than just Genesis 15 and James 2 and Romans 4 (the usual ones) is a rewarding exercise, and Evans is a reliable guide through the textual terrain, minor critiques above notwithstanding.
But you’ll need to read the whole thing to understand why he says this. You can access it here.