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Paul's Divine Christology

Paul's Divine Christology by Chris Tilling
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Chris Tilling makes a fresh contribution to the debate about whether or not Paul's Christology is divine. To this end he analyses the Pauline data that details the relation between the risen Lord and Christians. With reference to contemporary debates regarding 'Jewish monotheism', he argues that the Pauline Christ-relation corresponds - as a pattern - solely to language concerning YHWH's relation to Israel in Second Temple Judaism. This is the case, Tilling maintains, even in texts such as Sirach 44-50, the Life of Adam and Eve and the Similitudes of Enoch. In dialogue both with concerns that one cannot properly speak of a Pauline "Christology", and recent studies in Paul's epistemology, Chris Tilling presents Paul's Christology as fully divine, but in a particular way: the Christ-relation is Paul's divine-Christology expressed as relationship. In light of this, he not only reengages arguments deployed by those disputing a Pauline divine-Christology, but also draws additional conclusions relating to the interface between biblical and systematic theological concerns.

"It is a remarkable fact that divine Christology is not an end product of a development lasting some decades but that high Christology is present and fully developed already in the earliest testimonies of Christianity, in the (undisputed) letters of Paul. Dr. Tilling has presented an investigation on divine Christology of the highest standard both concerning the exegesis of Paul (esp. 1 Cor 8-10) and the awareness of the theological implications. The thesis that Paul's Christ-relation is a divine-Christology expressed as a relationship is well founded and marks a progress in our understanding of Paul's Christology and theology. It leads out from a dead end in discussions whether Paul's Christology is divine or not. This book is an outstanding testimony of critical scholarship by a mature exegete and theologian."
Prof. Dr. Hermann Lichtenberger (Professor for New Testament and Antique Judaism at the University of Tübingen and Head of the Institute for Antique Judaism and Hellenistic History of Religions)
Mohr Siebeck; July 2012
335 pages; ISBN 9783161521478
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Title: Paul's Divine Christology
Author: Chris Tilling
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