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The “For Us” Phrases in Pauline Soteriology: Considering Their Background and Use

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This chapter reviews the subsequent studies on metaphors in Pauline soteriology. In Paul's thought, God saves humans who are in a situation of mortal danger because of their sins. Before venturing on the use Paul himself made of the traditional phrases, an overview of these phrases in his letters is needed. In most cases, the specific verbs that combine with these prepositional phrases, such as "dying", or "being delivered" are of paramount importance for the interpretation of the phrase itself. The chapter focuses on the Pauline use of the prepositional phrases themselves. It answers the question: How was the redeeming effect of Christ's death "for" human sinners perceived and expressed. Finally, as an introduction to the detailed studies on soteriological metaphors, a brief overview on the way in which Paul combines the metaphorical depiction of salvation with the "for" phrases is given.

Keywords: Christ's death; human sinners; Pauline soteriology; prepositional phrases; salvation



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