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The Otherworld And The New Age In The Letters Of Paul

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Scholars at the University of Copenhagen have argued that Paul is best understood in the context of Stoic philosophy. This chapter commences with Paul's earliest letter, Thessalonians. Paul celebrates the fact that believers in Macedonia and Achaia report how the Thessalonians have turned from idols to serve the living and true God. We learn that Paul envisaged a plurality of heavens. In 3:22 Paul speaks about the present age, which, apart from those who have faith in Christ, has been confined or imprisoned by Scripture under sin. Paul also gives some clues about his ideas concerning the otherworld in 2 Cor 12:1-10. The most interesting passage for our topic in Romans is chapter 8. There human participation in the new age is described as deriving from divine adoption and the gift of the Spirit.

Keywords: Achaia report; letters of Paul; Macedonia report; new age; Otherworld

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