Christosis: Pauline Soteriology in Light of Deification in Irenaeus and Cyril of Alexandria

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Mohr Siebeck, 2011 - Religion - 312 pages
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With increasing interaction between Eastern and Western theologians, several recent biblical interpreters have characterised Paul's soteriology as theosis, or deification. In response to these affirmations, Ben C. Blackwell explores the anthropological dimension of Paul's soteriology to determine how helpful this characterisation is. Utilising the Wirkungsgeschichte of the Pauline letters, he first examines two Greek patristic interpreters of Paul - Irenaeus and Cyril of Alexandria - to clarify what deification entails and to determine which Pauline texts they used to support their soteriological constructions. The monograph then focuses on Paul's soteriology expressed in Romans 8 and 2 Corinthians 3-5 (with excursus on other passages) and explores how believers embody Christ's death and life, his suffering and glory, through the Spirit. Blackwell concludes with a comparison of deification as presented by these two Greek patristic interpreters and Paul's soteriology, noting the substantial overlap as well as key differences.
  

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Contents

Introduction
3
Deification in Irenaeus
35
Deification in Cyril of Alexandria
71
Patristic Summary and Questions for Paul
99
Deification Models
103
Romans 8
117
Overlapping Images of Participation
172
Veils in 2 Cor 3 1315
185
Summary of Pauls Soteriology
239
Overlapping Images of Participation
244
Conclusion
249
Comparison of Patristic Notions of Deification
262
Bibliography
273
Index of Ancient Sources
289
Index of Modern Authors
305
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Ben C. Blackwell, Born 1974; 2010 PhD from Durham University (England); 2008-10 Research Assistant to N.T. Wright; currently Assistant Professor of Christianity at Houston Baptist University.

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