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Paulís Eschatological Anthropology: The Dynamics of Human Transformation
Harding, Sarah

Minneapolis: Fortress, 2016 pp. xvii + 451. $79.00

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Emerging Scholars


Description: In this study, Sarah Harding examines Paulís anthropology from the perspective of eschatology, concluding that the apostleís view of humans is a function of his belief that the cosmos evolves through distinct aeons in progress toward its telos. Although scholars have frequently assumed that Paulís anthropological utterances are arbitrary, inconsistent, or dependent upon parallel views extant in the first-century world, Harding shows that these assumptions only arise when Paulís anthropology is considered apart from its eschatological context. That context includes the temporal distinction of the old aeon, the new aeon, and the significant overlap of aeons in which those ďin ChristĒ dwell, as well as a spatial dimension that comprises the cosmos and the powers that dominate it (especially sin and the Holy Spirit). These eschatological dimensions determine the value Paul attaches to any particular anthropological ďaspect.Ē Harding examines the cosmological power dominant in each aeon and the structures through which, in Paulís view, these influence human beings, examining texts in which Paul discusses nous, kardia, and sōma in each aeon.

Subjects: Bible, New Testament, Pauline Epistles, Literature, Methods, Historical Approaches, Theological Approaches

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Review by Martine Oldhoff and Peter-Ben Smit
Published 1/3/2019
Citation: Martine Oldhoff and Peter-Ben Smit, review of Sarah Harding, Paulís Eschatological Anthropology: The Dynamics of Human Transformation, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2019).


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