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10 Paul’s Reading of Restoration Outside Romans

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Paul's reading of restoration narratives stands behind other texts in which the issue of divine and human agency arises. This chapter demonstrates that themes in Corinthians 3:5-6; Philippians 3:3; and, the disputed, Colossians 2:11, resonate with findings. It establishes that Paul reads Ezekiel 36-37 with Jeremiah 31:31-34; and relates this scriptural reflection to his view of moral competence. 'Paul's assertion seeks to locate the worship of the Christian community in Philippi already within the true worship of the God of Israel apart from circumcision'. As with heart-circumcision, a circumcision without hands is understood as an eschatological phenomenon that is accomplished by God himself. Colossians presents a highly condensed and slightly developed version of Paul's theology of heart-circumcision elsewhere. A brief consideration of 2 Corinthians 3:5-6, Philippians 3:3, and Colossians 2:11 confirm and develop the conclusions reached with regard to Romans.

Keywords: Colossians; Corinthians; heart-circumcision; human agency; Paul; Philippians



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