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Christ as Creator

Sean M. McDonough

Published in print December 2009 | ISBN: 9780199576470
Published online January 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780191722585 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199576470.001.0001
Christ as Creator

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This book examines the New Testament teaching that Christ was the one through whom God made the world (John 1: 1–3; 1 Cor. 8: 6; Col 1: 15; Heb. 1: 2). While most scholars are content to see the doctrine arising from the equation of Jesus and the Wisdom of God, I argue that it had its roots in the Church's memories of Jesus' re-creative mighty works. These memories, coupled with the experience of spiritual renewal in the early Church, established Jesus as the definitive agent of God's new creation. By the logic that ‘the end is like the beginning’, this suggested that Christ must also be the agent of primal creation. This insight was developed in light of Old Testament creation texts, viewed from within a ‘messianic matrix’ of interpretation. God gives his Word, his Spirit, and his Wisdom to his Messiah from the very beginning; and the Messiah, as the effulgence of God's glory, establishes the cosmos in accordance with God's purposes. Creation is the beginning of messianic dominion; the Messiah rules the world he made. After a detailed exegesis of the relevant New Testament texts, the book concludes with a survey of the doctrine of Christ as Creator in the work of six theologians: Justin Martyr, Irenaeus, Athanasius, Karl Barth, Jürgen Moltmann, and Wolfhart Pannenberg.

Keywords: Christ; creation; Wisdom; Word; Spirit; Messiah; New Testament

Book.  320 pages. 

Subjects: Biblical Studies

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