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Apocalyptic Paul

Cosmos and Anthropos in Romans 5-8

Beverly Roberts Gaventa

Publication Year: 2013

Romans 5-8 revolve around God’s dramatic cosmic activity and its implications for humanity and all of creation. Apocalyptic Paul measures the power of Paul’s rhetoric about the relationship of cosmic power to the Law, interpretations of righteousness and the self, and the link between grace and obedience. A revealing study of Paul’s understanding of humanity in light of God’s apocalyptic action through Jesus Christ, Apocalyptic Paul illuminates Romans 5-8 and shows how critical this neglected part of Romans was to Paul’s literary project.

Published by: Baylor University Press

Half Title Page, Title Page, Copyright

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pp. 2-5

Contents

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pp. v-vi

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Preface

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pp. vii-x

No syllable in Paul’s letter to the Romans could be termed “neglected,” but recent decades have witnessed something of a shift in scholarly interest away from chapters 5–8. Chapters 1–4 have generated debate regarding Paul’s use of the diatribe and speech-in-character, not to mention heated discussion of the “faith of Christ” ...

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1. Paul’s Mythologizing Program in Romans 5-8

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pp. 1-20

My title contains an obvious allusion to Rudolf Bultmann’s well-known program of demythologization.1 I want to argue in this paper that Paul’s concern in Romans 5–8 is not demythologization but mythologization, if the word can be allowed. One of the main reasons Paul programmatically mythologizes in these chapters ...

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2. Righteous, Cosmic and Microcosmic

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pp. 21-38

According to the Gospel of Mark, Jesus began his public activities by proclaiming a pending cosmic transformation: “The time has come. The kingdom of God has drawn near.” The announcement of God’s cosmic plan did not, as one might imagine, render the response of individual human beings vain or irrelevant. ...

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3. A Tale of Two Gardens: Augustine’s Narrative Interpretation of Romans 5

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pp. 39-58

It has been more than fifty years since Krister Stendahl published his landmark essay on “The Apostle Paul and the Introspective Conscience of the West.”*2 The essay announced that, ever since Saint Augustine, the church had got Paul wrong. Prior to Augustine, “the church was by and large under the impression that Paul dealt with those issues ...

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4. Under Grace: The Christ-Gift and the Construction of a Christian Habitus

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pp. 59-76

When Paul pauses, midway through Romans 5, to redraw the map of the cosmos, he sees two, and only two, power structures at work within it (5:12-21). Viewed from the perspective of the Christ-event, all history, even Israel’s history “under the law,” has been subject to the power of sin and propelled toward death (5:12-14, 20). ...

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5. The Shape of the “I”: The Psalter, the Gospel, and the Speaker in Romans 7

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pp. 77-92

Few scholarly works have influenced my understanding of a text more than has Paul W. Meyer’s essay “The Worm at the Core of the Apple: Exegetical Reflections on Romans 7.” Meyer argues that the interpretation of Romans 7 has been seriously misled by the assumption that Paul must be referring here either to the “religious person” ...

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6. Double Participation and the Responsible Self in Romans 5-8

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pp. 93-110

This African proverb has become widely known in the west, and embraced as an antidote to American individualism. It expresses the simple truth that we need a community to be human. But it also raises important questions about the relationship between the “I” and the “we,” between a self shaped in different communal identities, ...

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7. The Love of God Is a Sovereign Thing: The Witness of Romans 8:31-39 and the Royal Office of Jesus Christ

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pp. 111-130

The doctrine of Christ’s offices has long served, particularly in Protestant theology, as an important device by which to organize exposition of his saving work.1 In its best-known form, that of the munus triplex or “threefold office,” Jesus Christ is acknowledged as the prophet, priest, and king of divine salvation, ...

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8. Creation, Cosmos, and Conflict in Romans 8-9

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pp. 131-156

The heart of my argument is that in Paul’s day, as in ours, creation is a fundamentally political and ideological, not simply a theological topic; that what Paul has to say about the present and future of creation in Romans 8 has everything to do with what he says about Israel in Romans 9–11; ...

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Afterword: The Human Moral Dilemma

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pp. 157-166

We are little more than a decade into the twenty-first century, and in this volume we have already what will surely prove to be one of our period’s most significant international events in the study of the apostle Paul.1 ...

Works Cited

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pp. 167-180

List of Contributors

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pp. 181-182

Index of Ancient Sources

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pp. 183-191

Index of Authors

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pp. 191-194

Subject Index

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pp. 194-197


E-ISBN-13: 9781602589711
E-ISBN-10: 1602589712
Print-ISBN-13: 9781602589698
Print-ISBN-10: 1602589690

Page Count: 200
Publication Year: 2013

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  • Bible. Romans V-VIII -- Criticism, interpretation, etc.
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