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XII. The Concept of the Christians' Unity with Christ

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An often recurrent theme in Paul's letters is that Jesus' followers, although separated from Christ, live in unity with him. This chapter examines Paul's use of the traditional Jewish view of Abraham and Adam as representative figures through whom God causes his will to be accomplished. Just as all nations are united with Abraham and all humans with Adam, so all Christians are united with Christ. These ideas of unity are ramifications of the widespread ancient concept of unity and solidarity between a group of people and their leader or representative. The chapter investigates the idea that Jesus brought about reconciliation between God and his people through his vicarious death. This idea stems from Jewish tradition and is also based on the ancient theme of unity and solidarity between a group of people and their leader or representative.

Keywords: Abraham; Jesus' followers; Jewish tradition; Paul



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