As It Was in the Beginning: An Intertextual Analysis of New Creation in Galatians, 2 Corinthians, and Ephesians

As It Was in the Beginning: An Intertextual Analysis of New Creation in Galatians, 2 Corinthians, and Ephesians

by Mark Owens

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Paul's comments regarding the new creation in 2 Cor 5:17 and Gal 6:15 have tended to be understood somewhat myopically. Some argue the phrase "new creation" solely refers to the inward transformation believers have experienced through faith in Jesus Christ. Others argue this phrase should be understood cosmologically and linked with Isaiah's "new heavens and new earth." Still others advocate an ecclesiological interpretation of this phrase that views Paul referring to the new community formed around Jesus Christ. In As It Was in the Beginning, Mark Owens argues that the concept of "new creation" should be understood (like the gospel) within the realm of Paul's anthropology, cosmology, and ecclesiology. At the same time, he also argues that Paul's understanding of new creation belongs within an Urzeit-Endzeit typological framework, especially within 2 Cor 5-6 and Eph 1-2. This reading of new creation attempts to give due weight to the use of Isaianic traditions in 2 Cor 5:17 and Eph 2:13, 17. Owens demonstrates that the vision of new creation in 2 Corinthians and Galatians is starkly similar to that of Ephesians.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781498202411
Publisher: Wipf & Stock Publishers
Publication date: 10/15/2015
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 260
File size: 993 KB

About the Author

Mark Owens (PhD, University of Aberdeen) is Assistant Professor of New Testament at Luther Rice College&Seminary.

Table of Contents

Preface ix

Acknowledgments xi

Abbreviations xiii

1 Introduction and Method 1

2 New Creation in the Prophecy of Isaiah 14

3 New Creation and Restoration in the Old Testament and Second Temple Judaism 43

4 New Creation in Galatians and 2 Corinthians 68

5 New Creation in Ephesians 1-2 121

6 Conclusion 171

Appendix 1 The Use of ANE Temple-building Traditions outside of Isaiah's Prophecy 181

Appendix 2 Isaiah's New Exodus in the Writings of Second Temple Judaism 187

Bibliography 193

Index of Authors 211

Scripture Index 217

Ancient Document Index 235

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