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Completing Christ's Afflictions: Christ, Paul, and the Reconciliation of All Things
Clark, Bruce

TŁbingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2015 pp. xi + 190. Ä64.00

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Wissenschaftliche Untersuchungen zum Neuen Testament, 2/383


Description: What is the relationship between the preeminent, cosmos-reconciling 'Christ' of Col 1:15-20 and the imprisoned 'Paul' of 1:24-29, who enigmatically 'completes' the former's afflictions as he declares to 'every person' the mystery, long concealed but only now revealed by Israel's God to his holy ones? After finding solid exegetical ground through an unprecedented and exhaustive study of the rare verb antanaplēroō (in 1.24), Bruce Clark tackles this most intriguing, if challenging question. He argues that Col 1, in accord with 2 Cor 5:18-6:4, presents Paul as the utterly unique diakonos ('minister') of the universal ekklēsia and, therefore, as one whose afflictions uniquely complete Christ's own, so that together, revealing the righteousness of God, they initiate the divine reconciliation of 'all things.'

Subjects: Bible, New Testament, Pauline Epistles, 2 Corinthians, Deutero-Pauline Epistles, Colossians, Greco-Roman Literature, Literature, Methods, Linguistics, Philology, Historical Approaches, History, Greco-Roman Period

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Review by Alexander E. Stewart
Published 1/20/2017
Citation: Alexander E. Stewart, review of Bruce Clark, Completing Christ's Afflictions: Christ, Paul, and the Reconciliation of All Things, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2017).


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