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The Origin of Paul's Glory-Christology

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This chapter answers how and why Paul came to identify Jesus as Glory. Support for the thesis hinges upon the establishment of two key points: the definition and significance of the Christophany within narrative world generated by the letters of Paul; and within the interpretive context provided by the tradition-history of Glory. To argue that Paul was steeped in early Jewish traditions should not rule out the possible impact of the Christophany upon his theology; the two go hand in hand. Given that his letters, though rightfully classified as epistles, do evoke such narrative worlds, it is author's contention that the Christophany is an important "sign" within Paul's narrative worlds. Paul also interpreted his Christophany as a prophetic call: like Ezekiel and Isaiah, Paul was called through a confrontation with divine Glory. According to Paul's own testimony, the Christophany transformed his symbolic world by suffusing it with an apocalyptic Christology.

Keywords: Christology; Christophany; early Jewish traditions; Glory; Jesus; Paul; prophetic call



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