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The Relation between creation and redemption according to modern studies of Pauline Theology

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Four methods of studying Pauline theology have been observed and discussed in this chapter: the historical method, the thematic or loei method, that method which chooses a central motif by which to interpret all Paul's theology, and the particular form of this method that interprets Paul from the perspective of "justification by faith". An attempt is made to determine the effects of each method on interpretation of the relation between creation and redemption. The unique approach of Rudolf Bultmann to New Testament theology combines historical-critical research and an existentialist hermeneutic of the New Testament in such a way that the four methodological "formats" for the interpretation of New Testament theology which have been surveyed in the chapter all converge in Bultmann's work. This survey of Pauline theologies discloses that there has been little or no affirmation of cosmic Christology as a theme of importance in Paul's thought.

Keywords: cosmic Christology; creation; Pauline theology; redemption; Rudolf Bultmann



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