Paul in Israel's Story: Self and Community at the Cross (AAR Academy Series)

Paul in Israel's Story: Self and Community at the Cross (AAR Academy Series)

John L. Meech


it truly is normal that postmodern proposal has problematized the idea that of the self. This poses a very sharp challenge for Christian theologians, for whom the assumption of the individual as a Christian self has to be crucial. during this e-book John Meech addresses this challenge via a theological hermeneutics that brings jointly leading edge scholarship in biblical interpretation and confident theology. The ebook contains 3 significant components. within the first, Meech displays on St. Paul's construal of Christian identification in gentle of what has develop into referred to as the "new paradigm" in Pauline experiences. This flow, pointed out with N.T. Wright, James Dunn, and Terence Donaldson, stresses the communal points of Paul's concept and his narrative realizing of the self. within the moment half, Meech bargains a pivotal research of Rudolf Bultmann's phenomenology of the self and its effect on his demythologizing interpretation of Paul's writings. within the 3rd half, Meech engages Paul Ricoeur's past due paintings, Oneself as one other, as a advisor to the postmodern challenge of selfhood and as a heuristic source for reading Paul's writings. He doesn't limit himself to a textual therapy of Ricoeur's paintings on selfhood and narrative, nor does he cease at an summary mirrored image on its importance for theology. as an alternative he explores in huge aspect the contributions and implications of Ricoeur's later writings for biblical hermeneutics and theology. Investigating the unthematized tricks approximately group presupposed in Ricoeur's paintings, Meech reconfigures his ontology of the self as an ontology of the self in group. ultimately, he correlates Paul's communal figuring out of the "I" with this ontology, articulating a self that's constituted in neighborhood yet no longer decreased to a trifling locus of neighborhood. He argues that the neighborhood posited in his examine will be understood because the group of the residing and useless in Christ.

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