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Paul's Divine Christology
Tilling, Chris

TŁbingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2012 pp. xii + 322. Ä69.00

Series Information
Wissenschaftliche Untersuchungen zum Neuen Testament 2. Reihe, 323

Description: Chris Tilling makes a fresh contribution to the debate about whether or not Paulís Christology is divine. To this end he analyses the Pauline data that details the relation between the risen Lord and Christians. With reference to contemporary debates regarding ĎJewish monotheismí, he argues that the Pauline Christ-relation corresponds - as a pattern - solely to language concerning YHWHís relation to Israel in Second Temple Judaism. This is the case, Tilling maintains, even in texts such as Sirach 44-50, the Life of Adam and Eve and the Similitudes of Enoch. In dialogue both with concerns that one cannot properly speak of a Pauline "ChristologyĒ, and recent studies in Paulís epistemology, Chris Tilling presents Paulís Christology as fully divine, but in a particular way: the Christ-relation is Paulís divine-Christology expressed as relationship. In light of this, he not only reengages arguments deployed by those disputing a Pauline divine-Christology, but also draws additional conclusions relating to the interface between biblical and systematic theological concerns.

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

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Review by Benjamin A. Edsall
Published 11/17/2014
Citation: Benjamin A. Edsall, review of Chris Tilling, Paulís Divine Christology, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2014).


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