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Being Lovely: Eschatological Anthropology

Janet Martin Soskice

in The Kindness of God

Published in print October 2008 | ISBN: 9780198269502
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191683657 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198269502.003.0010
Being Lovely: Eschatological Anthropology

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This chapter begins by suggesting that eschatology is not only concerned with the last things, but also of a future hope of an individual, of the ecclesia, and of the created order. It proposes that one should speak in the New Testament of an eschatological anthropology in which the people are loved, will love, and will be made lovely through Jesus Christ. It briefly discusses kinship through the contexts of the Old Testament and New Testament. In a sermon on The Song of Songs, Bernard of Clairvaux addresses the question of why, if God is unchanging, he appears to us in many ways. The chapter concludes that the people should not only be loved, ‘lovely be’ through the kindness of God.

Keywords: eschatology; eschatological anthropology; ecclesia; lovely be; kinship; Song of Songs; Bernard Clairvaux

Chapter.  2385 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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