Christ, Creation, and the Cosmological Redemption: A Study of Pauline Creation Theology as Read by Irenaeus and Applied to Ecotheology
Leese, J. J. Johnson
London: Bloomsbury, 2018 pp. xiii + 229. $114.00
Library of New Testament Studies, 580
Description: J. J. Johnson Leese discusses how the apostle Paul's writing on Christ's relationship to creation, read alongside the interpretations of Irenaeus of Lyon, provide a meaningful contribution to contemporary debates on the interrelationship between religion and nature.
Leese draws upon the integration of three related scholarly trends Ė the increased importance placed on biblical creation themes, the emergence of ecotheology, and the history of reception Ė while focusing on the Pauline corpus and readings of Paul by Irenaeus, thus uncovering a robust creation
and ecotheological theology. Irenaeus' approach provides the possibility for Paul to contribute to ecotheology, by way of a theological vision where the whole of reality in relationship to Christ and creation and by extension, to soteriology and ecclesiology, are central components of Paul's theology.
Subjects: Bible, New Testament, Pauline Epistles, Literature, Methods, Theological Approaches, Ethics, Theological Interpretation
Review by S. Aaron Son
Citation: S. Aaron Son, review of J. J. Johnson Leese, Christ, Creation, and the Cosmological Redemption: A Study of Pauline Creation Theology as Read by Irenaeus and Applied to Ecotheology, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2020).
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