Bodies Still Unrisen, Events Still Unsaid: A Hermeneutic of Bodies without Flesh

John D. Caputo

in Apophatic Bodies

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print November 2009 | ISBN: 9780823230815
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823235087 | DOI:

Series: Transdisciplinary Theological Colloquia

Bodies Still Unrisen, Events Still Unsaid: A Hermeneutic of               Bodies without Flesh

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Only those who are unfamiliar with theology would be surprised to hear that theology is all about bodies, very corporeal bodies, mystical bodies, bodies politic, but also what Saint Paul called the soma pneumatikon, a certain “spiritual body”, which, if there is such a thing, is the special interest here. Of all these visible but slightly immaterial and insubstantial incarnations one body in particular stands out, the “risen body” in the New Testament. It is upon just such a body that Christian theology has turned from of old. As such, this body is, in one way or another, theology's bottom line, the final payoff of a certain strong theology, the sum and substance of its faith. Here, the chapter answers questions by way of a hermeneutics of the risen body. The chapter makes this proposal, then, not as a contribution to the exegesis of the relevant New Testament texts, but as a way to answer Paul's question, which was probably, in his mind, a rhetorical one.

Keywords: Christian theology; Saint Paul; bodies; New Testament; hermeneutics; risen body

Chapter.  10173 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Religion

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