Holiness Perfected

Naomi Koltun-Fromm

in Hermeneutics of Holiness

Published in print August 2010 | ISBN: 9780199736485
Published online September 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780199866427 | DOI:
Holiness Perfected

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This chapter focuses on New Testament, but particularly Pauline, understandings of holy community as derived from the Hebrew biblical texts. Paul proposes a whole new way of achieving holiness: faith in the Jesus event. This, in turn, creates a new holy Israel, one based on choice and faith rather than ethnicity. Yet this new-found holiness and holy community must be protected in similar ways to the old holy community. Here Paul also focuses on sexual behavior that defiles or profanes holiness. Nevertheless, Paul also allows for a developing notion of ascribed holiness within his community, for in certain situations he allows that the children born of holy parents somehow also inherit their parents’ holiness.

Keywords: holiness; New Testament; Paul; community; Jesus; faith; ethnicity

Chapter.  8867 words. 

Subjects: Biblical Studies ; Religious Studies

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