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Creation and Moral Order

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/9780199576470.003.0003
Creation and Moral Order

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Even a cursory look at the statements concerning Christ and creation shows that they were formulated primarily by way of analogy with the relational aspect of Christ's redemptive work. Just as God saves people ‘through Christ’, so he created the world ‘through Christ’. Such a move was facilitated by the inextricable links between creation and redemption in the Hebrew Bible. But it is also part of a broader pattern in the ancient world, where cosmic order and social order were regularly seen as closely allied concepts. A variety of texts, from Sumerian hymns to Hellenistic philosophical treatises, are cited to demonstrate this point.

Keywords: Christ; creation; redemption; Hebrew Bible; cosmic order; ancient world

Chapter.  7303 words. 

Subjects: Biblical Studies

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