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The Biblical Roots of the Doctrine of Predestination

Matthew Levering

in Predestination

Published in print May 2011 | ISBN: 9780199604524
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191729317 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199604524.003.0002
The Biblical Roots of the Doctrine of Predestination

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The argument of the first chapter is that predestination is a biblical doctrine; the theological controversies arise from Scripture itself. The chapter draws heavily upon contemporary historical-critical scholarship regarding the Second Temple period and the theology of Paul. The varied currents of the Second Temple period provide the context for the New Testament's Christological reworking of the doctrine of divine election of Israel. The chapter includes a detailed examination of biblical scholarship on predestination in Romans and a survey of relevant biblical passages, covering the Old and New Testaments. The chapter also explores relevant passages from Josephus, the Dead Sea Scrolls, and 4 Ezra. The positions of leading biblical scholars such as N. T. Wright, Brendan Byrne, and John Barclay are treated.

Keywords: Second Temple; Paul; historical-critical scholarship; New Testament; election; predestination; Scripture

Chapter.  10053 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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