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Das Endgericht bei Paulus: Framesemantische und exegetische Studien zur Paulinischen Eschatologie und Soterologie
Stettler, Christian

TŁbingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2017 pp. xix + 415. $209.00

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Wissenschaftliche Untersuchungen zum Neuen Testament, 371

Description: English summary: In the 'New Perspective on Paul' the last judgment does not play any decisive role. According to other Pauline scholars, Paul, in his many fragmentary references to a last judgment, did not presuppose a consistent conception of judgment, but instead used different and sometimes contradicting motives in different contexts. Christian Stettler counters these views from a cognitive semantic perspective. Since in frame semantics language is seen as an 'access point' to encyclopaedic cognitive concepts, the author argues that judgement texts are references to a more detailed concept of the last judgement that Paul presupposed in his letters and taught in his churches. Stettler offers a full reconstruction of this concept by a semantic analysis of all relevant passages and through more extensive interpretation of central texts. The result is a reading of Paul that offers a way forward both to New Perspective and traditional confessional readings. German description: Ein ausfuhrlicher Uberblick uber die Forschung seit 1930 zeigt, dass in der Paulusforschung seit langerem die Annahme vorherrscht, dass Paulus keine in sich konsistente Lehre vom Endgericht vertreten, sondern je nach Kontext auf unterschiedliche, einander teilweise widersprechende Motive zuruckgegriffen habe. Zudem spielt das Endgericht in der Paulusdarstellung der "New Perspective on Paul" kaum eine Rolle. Christian Stettler zeigt durch die Analyse von allen paulinischen Gerichtstexten mit Hilfe der kognitiven Frame-Semantik, dass Paulus nicht von unterschiedlichen oder gar widerspruchlichen "Gerichtskonzeptionen," sondern von einer in sich konsistenten Gerichtserwartung ausging. Zudem vertieft der Autor die gewonnenen Erkenntnisse durch weitere exegetische Analysen, welche sich kritisch mit Ergebnissen der konfessionellen Paulusexegese und der "New Perspective" auseinandersetzen und zu einer differenzierteren Sicht fuhren.

Subjects: Bible, New Testament, Pauline Epistles, Literature, Methods, Social-Scientific Approaches

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Review by Jermo van Nes
Published 8/30/2018
Citation: Jermo van Nes, review of Christian Stettler, Das Endgericht bei Paulus: Framesemantische und exegetische Studien zur Paulinischen Eschatologie und Soterologie, Review of Biblical Literature [] (2018).

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