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Memories of Jesus: Creation in the Gospels

Sean M. McDonough

in Christ as Creator

Published in print December 2009 | ISBN: 9780199576470
Published online January 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780191722585 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199576470.003.0002
Memories of Jesus: Creation in the Gospels

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Chapter 2 centers on the stories of Jesus preserved in the Gospels and their influence on the doctrine of his agency in creation. After a defense of using the canonical Gospels in this way, numerous examples are cited from the texts where Jesus' mighty works are treated as instances of the eschatological restoration of creation. These radical works of re-creation are not explicitly linked with primal creation in the Gospels (save for the opening chapter of John's Gospel). Thus it is exceedingly unlikely that they were fabricated by the Church to bolster an existing affirmation of Christ's work in creation. At the same time, they press the reader to consider with the disciples ‘Who is this man?’.

Keywords: Christ; creation; mighty works; restoration; Gospels; agency

Chapter.  11840 words. 

Subjects: Biblical Studies

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