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Christ Hidden And Revealed: Hebrews, Ephesians And Related Texts

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The visionary, the angelic and themes of the transfiguration represent a network of concepts which connect closely with major themes in Paul's theology. This chapter focuses on apocalyptic cosmology, in order to show the way in which other New Testament texts, and notably the Epistles to the Hebrews and to the Ephesians, are indebted to apocalypticism. The letter to the Ephesians is often treated as an example of second generation Christianity when the eschatological fervour had diminished and the preoccupation with the role of the church gradually assumed centre stage. One of the most distinctive doctrines of the New Testament, evident in most strata of the material, is the conviction that sooner or later Christ would return. The apocalypses offer important evidence of a resource for dealing with the non-fulfilment of God's reign on earth.

Keywords: apocalyptic cosmology; Ephesians; Hebrews; New Testament texts; Paul's theology; second generation Christianity



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