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Paul as Another in Israel's Story

John L. Meech

in Paul in Israel's Story

Published in print September 2006 | ISBN: 9780195306941
Published online September 2006 | e-ISBN: 9780199785018 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0195306945.003.0002

Series: AAR Academy Series

 Paul as Another in Israel's Story

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In order to reconstruct the kind of self presupposed in Paul’s letters, this chapter explores the relation between Pauls self-understanding and the story he tells to identify Israel. As a dyadic personality, Paul understands himself in relation to Israel: “I have been crucified with Christ” signifies that Paul has died in Israel. Sacrifice symbolizes the death and resurrection of the sinner; thus, that Christ is a sacrifice means that Israel has passed through death and resurrection in its King, Jesus. Christ can be raised because he goes to the cross anointed with God’s Spirit. Christ is the righteous community in the world that goes into death and rises again. Paul recognizes, in retrospect, that this is the event that “the faith of Abraham” had always anticipated. The Pauline categories of spirit and conscience relate the crucified and resurrected self to the Spirit in the community that dies and rises with Christ.

Keywords: Christ; conscience; cross; justification; St. Paul; sacrifice; Spirit

Chapter.  13299 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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