Christ the Ideal King: Cultural Context, Rhetorical Strategy & the Power of Divine Monarchy in Ephesians

Christ the Ideal King: Cultural Context, Rhetorical Strategy & the Power of Divine Monarchy in Ephesians

by Julien Smith
     
 

A central rhetorical strategy of Ephesians involves the portrayal of Christ as an ideal king who reunites a fractured cosmos and humanity through his reign. In this comprehensive study, Julien Smith shows how this literary characterization unifies the letter's major themes: reconciling humanity with God, uniting Jew and gentile, establishing ecclesiastical harmony…  See more details below

Overview

A central rhetorical strategy of Ephesians involves the portrayal of Christ as an ideal king who reunites a fractured cosmos and humanity through his reign. In this comprehensive study, Julien Smith shows how this literary characterization unifies the letter's major themes: reconciling humanity with God, uniting Jew and gentile, establishing ecclesiastical harmony, and defeating hostile powers arrayed against the church. The author grounds his analysis in a thorough account of the kingly ideal's powerful contemporary cultural resonance, which was rooted in the widespread yearning within both Greco-Roman and Jewish thought for a golden age inaugurated by a divinely ordained monarch. For Ephesians' author and audience, only Christ the ideal king has power to form identity and transform behavior.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9783161509742
Publisher:
Mohr Siebeck
Publication date:
12/06/2011
Series:
Wissenschaftliche Untersuchungen zum Neuen Testament 2.Reihe Series, #313
Pages:
316

Meet the Author

Julien Smith, Born 1971; 2003 MAT, Fuller Theological Seminary; 2010 PhD, Baylor University; since 2010 Assistant Professor of Humanities and Theology at Christ College, Valparaiso University (USA).

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