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A closer enquiry into the Ecclesiological content of the Epistle

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According to Käsemann there is a diametrical contrast between the HP and Ephesus (Eph.) whenever the question of the church as the body of Christ arises. Whereas, Käsemann maintains, in the HP the ecclesia is always defined in christological terms, in Eph. The christology is always interpreted from the ecclesiological point of view. In Eph. 1:20, Christ is envisaged as the one who is described in Ps.110:1 (LXX Ps. 109:1). This is in accordance with the ancient Christian kerugma and it is similarly expressed in R. 8:34 and Col. 3:1. Eph. gives priority to the message ordained by Christ and the pneumatically inspired word. The HP evinces the same priority. When we read, in Eph. 3:5, that God has by revelation made known the mystery to his apostles and prophets, this is not in contradiction to the situation as described in Gal.

Keywords: church; ecclesiological material; Ephesus; epistle; God



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