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“No Longer Jew or Greek” Paul’s Corporate Christology and The Construction of Christian Community

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In his careful study of the Apostolic Decree (Acts 15:20, 29), David Catchpole began by setting out briefly the "theological presuppositions of the Decree". For Paul, the Christian gospel does a very great deal to the Jew/Gentile distinction. The debate is not so much about whether Paul sees Christ as the defining centre of the believer's identity, but rather about the significance and the effect of this (re)definition. Is it essentially a soteriological affirmation or does it significantly affect social practice and interaction? This chapter aims to approach this debate through an examination, informed by the social sciences, of Paul's corporate Christology and of the way in which this Christology constructs a community which is "one in Christ". In both Galatians and Colossians the declaration is that now "there is no longer Jew and Greek".

Keywords: Christian community; Colossians; Galatians; Gentile distinction; Jew



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