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Paul's Eschatological Anthropology: The Dynamics of Human Transformation

Author: 
Sarah Harding (Author)
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In this study, Sarah Harding examines Paul’s anthropology from the perspective of eschatology, concluding that the apostle’s view of humans is a function of his belief that the cosmos evolves through distinct aeons in progress toward its telos. Although scholars have frequently assumed that Paul’s anthropological utterances are arbitrary, inconsistent, or dependent upon parallel views extant in the first-century world, Harding shows that these assumptions only arise when Paul’s anthropology is considered apart from its eschatological context. That context includes the temporal distinction of the old aeon, the new aeon, and the significant overlap of aeons in which those “in Christ” dwell, as well as a spatial dimension that comprises the cosmos and the powers that dominate it (especially sin and the Holy Spirit). These eschatological dimensions determine the value Paul attaches to any particular anthropological “aspect.” Harding examines the cosmological power dominant in each aeon and the structures through which, in Paul’s view, these influence human beings, examining texts in which Paul discusses nous, kardia, and sōma in each aeon. 

ISBN: 
9781506408149
Price: 
$79.00
ISBN: 
9781506406060
Release date: 
February 1, 2016
Pages: 
468
Width: 
6
Height: 
9

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Contents:

1. Introduction to This Investigation
2. Eschatology and Anthropology in Paul
3. Anthropology in the Old Aeon—Objective Structures
4. Anthropology in the Old Aeon—The Anthropological Profile
5. Anthropology in the Overlap of Aeons—Objective Structures
6. Anthropology in the Overlap of Aeons—The Anthropological Profile
7. Anthropology in the New Aeon
8. Conclusion to This Investigation
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Endorsements

"Starting from the premise that Paul does have a thoroughly worked-out doctrine of man, Harding subjects Pauline anthropological terminology to a radical re-examination.  In a careful and comprehensive analysis, both of Paul's dynamic use of anthropological terms and the value he attaches, whether positively or negatively to these, she comes to the conclusion that the apostle's eschatology is the key to his understanding of human transformation. In an area of Pauline interpretation often fraught with confusion, Harding by her clear analysis, incisive use of language and convincing argument has succeeded brilliantly in offering an overview of Paul's conception of human nature that is rational, intelligible and convincing. Harding's innovative research and original conclusions must feature strongly in future scholarship on Paul."

Bill Campbell | University of Wales Trinity Saint David