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Soteriology of the New Testament: Some Tentative Remarks

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The soteriological landscape of the New Testament exhibits a rich texture, diverse and powerful. The diversity of the New Testament documents is further encountered when one considers the canonical process via which the documents were collected. The essays on the four gospels show notable differences as well as interesting similarities. A common thread found in all the gospels is that God's salvation has dawned, as was promised by the Jewish scriptures. In all the gospels Jesus is the purveyor of salvation, the presence of the good news is Christologically defined. Discussions on Pauline soteriology are usually influenced by the complex nature of the terminology, development of ideas and structure of thought inherent to the Pauline material. Reading Hebrews, the General Epistles, and Revelation expands and enriches the mosaic of salvific images used in the New Testament. Again it is a matter of unity amidst diversity.

Keywords: God's salvation; Jewish scriptures; New Testament; Pauline soteriology; salvific images; soteriological landscape



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