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Paul And The Apocalypse Of Jesus Christ

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In recent scholarship on Paul there has been a move away from the debates initiated by the Reformation on justification by faith and the question of the validity of the Mosaic law. This chapter uses neglected features of Paul's apocalyptic claims as heuristic devices to explore the extent of that legacy in the Pauline corpus. The mystical component in Paul's life is fundamental for his whole career, and yet it can seem curiously marginal in modern interpretations of Pauline theology and religion. The identification of the believers with Christ in baptism, and the transfer from one set of values to another, is matched by a metaphysical transformation which transcends the notions of mere change of status. The knowledge of God's glory, the highest privilege granted to the apocalyptic visionary, but now located in the face of Jesus Christ is what Paul mediates.

Keywords: apocalyptic visionary; baptism; God's glory; Jesus Christ; Pauline theology

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