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The Structure of Pauline Eschatology (ii Cor 5:1–10)

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II Cor 5 has considerable bearing both upon the nature of Pauline anthropology and eschatology and upon the more specific question of the intermediate state. The commentators' exegetical differences arise for the most part in the presuppositions underlying the apostle's thought. The exegesis of II Cor 5:1-10 has been determined by the interpretation of two or three terms, namely, the 'house in the heavenlies', the stripped or naked state, and 'absence from the body'. Of these, the first probably has been most influential in the popular understanding of the passage. The assumption that 'away from the body' describes the intermediate state may be traced throughout the history of exegesis and is, apparently, the consensus of all modern opinion. The idea of a 'spiritual' resurrection at death continues to be a widely accepted interpretation of Paul.

Keywords: anthropological dualism; exegesis; Pauline eschatology; spiritual body



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