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Christosis: Engaging Paulís Soteriology with His Patristic Interpreters
Blackwell, Ben C.

Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2016 pp. xxxi + 312. $40.00

Description: Amid increasing interaction between Eastern and Western theologians, several recent biblical interpreters have characterized Paulís soteriology as theosis, or deification, harking back to patristic interpretations of Paul. In this book Ben C. Blackwell critically evaluates that interpretation as he explores the anthropological dimension of Paulís soteriology. Blackwell first examines two major Greek patristic interpreters of Paul ó Irenaeus and Cyril of Alexandria ó to clarify what deification entails and to determine which Pauline texts they used to support their soteriological constructions. The book then focuses on Paulís soteriology expressed in Romans 8 and 2 Corinthians 3-5 (with excursuses on other passages) and explores how believers embody Christís death and life, his suffering and glory, through the Spirit. Blackwell concludes by comparing the patristic view of deification with Paulís soteriology arising from the biblical texts, noting both substantial overlap and key differences.

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

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Review by Joshua Madden
Published 6/21/2018
Citation: Joshua Madden, review of Ben C. Blackwell, Christosis: Engaging Paulís Soteriology with His Patristic Interpreters, Review of Biblical Literature [] (2018).

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