In As It Was in the Beginning, Mark Owens argues that the concept of "new creation" should be understood (like the gospel) within the realm of Paul's anthropology, cosmology, and ecclesiology. At the same time, he also argues that Paul's understanding of new creation belongs within an Urzeit-Endzeit typological framework, especially within 2 Cor 5-6 and Eph 1-2. This reading of new creation attempts to give due weight to the use of Isaianic traditions in 2 Cor 5:17 and Eph 2:13, 17. Owens demonstrates that the vision of new creation in 2 Corinthians and Galatians is starkly similar to that of Ephesians.
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Table of Contents
1 Introduction and Method 1
2 New Creation in the Prophecy of Isaiah 14
3 New Creation and Restoration in the Old Testament and Second Temple Judaism 43
4 New Creation in Galatians and 2 Corinthians 68
5 New Creation in Ephesians 1-2 121
6 Conclusion 171
Appendix 1 The Use of ANE Temple-building Traditions outside of Isaiah's Prophecy 181
Appendix 2 Isaiah's New Exodus in the Writings of Second Temple Judaism 187
Index of Authors 211
Scripture Index 217
Ancient Document Index 235
What People are Saying About This
"Dr. Owens has given us an excellent example of a thoughtful and careful investigation of Old Testament (and Second Temple) texts for the interpretation of the New Testament. Working especially with Isaiah's 'new exodus' theme, he has shown that a simplistic understanding of the 'new creation' theme in the epistles cannot be supported. His study of the Old Testament materials is exemplary in its balance, its evenhandedness, its restraint, and its fruitful results."
John N. Oswalt, Visiting Distinguished Professor of Old Testament, Asbury Theological Seminary
"I have wondered about 'new creation' in Paul and I was intrigued by a study that works with the thesis that Paul 'would have read and interpreted Isaiah as a unified whole.' Dr. Owens follows the trajectory of passages in Isaiah 40-66 in a sure-footed fashion, illumines the texts he studies, and opened my eyes helpfully to the issues involved in studying the Pauline texts about new creation."
John Goldingay, Professor of Old Testament, Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena, California
"In this well-conducted study of 'new creation' in Pauline literature (including Ephesians), Mark Owens argues persuasively that the Pauline theme, derived from Isaiah, has a wide reach, embracing the anthropological, ecclesiological and cosmological dimensions of the Christ event. This is a thorough and perceptive treatment of an important topic, and I highly recommend it."
Edward Adams, Professor of New Testament Studies, Senior Tutor, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Department of Theology and Religious Studies, King's College London