Conclusion: The Crucified and Resurrected Self

John L. Meech

in Paul in Israel's Story

Published in print September 2006 | ISBN: 9780195306941
Published online September 2006 | e-ISBN: 9780199785018 | DOI:

Series: AAR Academy Series

 Conclusion: The Crucified and Resurrected Self

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To correlate the ontology of the self in community with Paul’s communal self is to affirm what we share with Paul while acknowledging our real distance from him. This correlation responds to two interrelated questions. First, how can the ontology help us to understand Paul? Second, how can the ontology help us to let Paul address us again? The chapter responds to these questions, first by correlating Rudolf Bultmann’s account of Pauline anthropology with the ontology of the self in community. How is such a correlation justified? In conversation with Jürgen Moltmann and Robert Jenson, the chapter concludes with a theological account of interpretation in community: Paul can speak again in our interpretations because we live with him in the community of the living and dead in Christ, and because the Spirit of Christ is the subject of the conversation in our community.

Keywords: Rudolf Bultmann; interpretation; Robert Jenson; Jürgen Moltmann; ontology; spirit

Chapter.  7664 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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