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Probably written by a disciple of St Paul after the apostle's death, the Epistle to the Ephesians sets out God's plan to 'sum up' all things in Christ. Martin Kitchen argues that it was written partly for the good of worship generally, and partly as a reaction to the destruction of the temple at Jerusalem in 70 AD: the breaking down of the 'middle wall that divides' (Ephesians 2.14) Jew from Gentile was evidence that God had, indeed, brought the whole of humankind together. Ephesians understands this action of God as 'summing up' all things in Christ, which necessarily demands the co-operation of the entire Christian community. The readers are therefore urged to pursue an ethic of unity, mutually submitting to each other and growing together into a new kind of humanity. In this innovative study, Martin Kitchen draws together historical and literary methodologies in his reading of the text, bringing his analysis into the framework of contemporary biblical criticism. This book is important reading for all theologians, students of the New Testament and ministers of religion.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415095068
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 10/28/1994
  • Series: New Testament Readings Series
  • Pages: 160
  • Lexile: 1310L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

Series editor's preface
Note on the text
1 An introduction to a reading of Ephesians 1
2 The Legacy of Paul 21
3 Summing up 35
4 Thanksgiving 52
5 The worthy walk 70
6 Walk differently, in love and in light 83
7 Walk wisely 97
8 The armour of God 112
Postscript: 'To sum up' 129
Bibliography 135
Index 144
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