Echoes of Charis: Paul's Contextual Reflections on Salvation

Echoes of Charis: Paul's Contextual Reflections on Salvation

by Stephan J. Joubert

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ISBN-13: 9783643905475
Publisher: Lit Verlag
Publication date: 08/05/2014
Series: Theology in Africa Series , #2
Pages: 226
Product dimensions: 5.75(w) x 8.25(h) x 0.50(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: Coming to Terms with Paul's Theology of Grace within the Framework of Ancient Mediterranean Reciprocity 1

1 Keeping Body and Soul Together 1

2 Outline of the Study 3

Section 1 The Nature and Form of Reciprocity in the Ancient Mediterranean World 8

Chapter 1 A Kaleidoscope of Approaches: Paradigms, Paradigm-Changes and the "Umwelt" of the New Testament 8

1 Introduction 8

2 Paradigms, Paradigm-Changes and Biblical Studies 9

3 Historical-Critical Studies on the Background of the New Testament 11

4 Studies on the "Umwelt" of the New Testament 13

5 The Social-Scientific Approach to the New Testament 17

6 New Paradigms in the New Testament Studies? 22

Chapter 2 One Form of Social Exchange or Two? Euergetism, Patronage, and Testament Studies. Roman and Greek Ideas of Patronage 26

1 "Euergetism" 26

2 Public Benefaction 27

3 Private Benefaction 28

4 Patronage: A System of Social Control 30

5 The Relationship between Patronage and Euergetism: One and the Same Form of Social Exchange? 34

6 Two Different Exchange Relationships? 35

7 Social Exchange and the Study of the Second Testament: Guidelines for Further Research 40

8 Conclusion 41

Chapter 3 Patrocinium and Euergetism: Similar or Different Reciprocal Relationships? Eavesdropping on the Current Debate among Biblical Scholars 42

1 The ABC of Paradigm Shifts 42

2 A New Interest in Ancient Reciprocity 42

3 Reciprocity as the Interpretative Lens for Understanding Ancient Graeco-Roman Benefaction 43

4 Patronage and Benefaction: The Same or Different Reciprocal Relation-ships? 47

5 Patronage and Benefaction on Lower Levels of Abstraction 55

6 Conclusion 56

Section 2 Theological Reflections on Paul's Theology of Grace in Context 60

Chapter 4 Managing the Household. Paul as Paterfamilias of the Christian Community in Corinth 60

1 "Common-Sense Knowledge" in the First-Century Mediterranean World 60

2 The Paterfamilias in the Roman World 61

3 Paul as Broker for the Heavenly Patrons 63

4 Paul and the Household of Believers in Corinth 65

5 Behaviour within the Household 68

6 Conflict in the Household 69

7 Conclusion 72

Chapter 5 1 Corinthians 9:24-27: An Agonistic Competition? 73

1 Introduction 73

2 The Agonistic Nature of the Graeco-Roman World 75

3 The use of Athletic Imagery in the Graeco-Roman World 76

4 1 Corinthians 9:24-27: An Agonistic Discourse 78

5 The Reason for the Agonistic Discourse in Verses 24-27 84

Chapter 6 Behind the Mask of Rhetoric: The Intra-Textual Relationship between Paul and the Corinthians in 2 Corinthians 8 88

1 Paul's Apostle- and Patriarchal Roles in the Corinthian Letters 89

2 The "Wirkungsgeschichte" of 1 Corinthians 16 and the New Roles that Paul and His Audience Fulfil in 2 Corinthians 8 90

3 Paul's Textual Strategy in 2 Corinthians 8 92

4 Conclusion 99

Chapter 7 Religious Reciprocity in 2 Corinthians 9:6-15: Generosity and Gratitude as Legitimate Responses to the xαpiς τov θεov 101

1 Religious Reciprocity 101

2 The xαpiς τov θεov and the Collection for Jerusalem 102

3 2 Corinthians 9:6-10: God's Gracious Gifts Lead to Generosity 103

4 Conclusion 312

Chapter 8 Challenging Dominant Perspectives: New Approaches to Paul's Collection for the Poor in Jerusalem 113

1 The Formative Impact of Munck, Georgi and Nickle 113

2 The Eschatological Understanding of the Collection is Still Alive and Well in Millennium Three 114

3 New Approaches to The Collection 116

4 Conclusion 126

Chapter 9 Χαpiς in Paul. An Investigation into the Apostle's "Performative" Application of the Language of Grace within the Framework of his Theological Reflection on the Event/Process of Salvation 128

1 An Overview of Χαpiς in the Umwelt of Paul 128

2 Exploring the Semantic Nuances of Χαpiς on the Surface Level of Paul's Texts 133

3 The Basic Soteriological Building Blocks of Paul's Theology 135

4 Paul's Theological Reflection on Salvation in the Language of Charis 141

5 Χαpiς as a "Speech Act" 147

6 Conclusion 149

Chapter 10 Reconciliation in the Apostle Paul: A Divine Gift for a New Mankind 151

1 Reconciliation- Establishing the Peace of God in the Souls of Mankind 151

2 People who are Segregated in Hostility arc Brought Together in Christ 158

Chapter 11 "Seeing the Error of my Ways": Revisiting Paul's Paradigmatic, Self-Critical Remarks in 1 Corinthians 15:8-10 162

1 The Avoidance of Error in Ancient Graeco-Roman Society 164

2 Paul's Admission of Error 166

3 Chans Holds the Key 168

4 Paul's Public Admittance of Personal Unworthiness in the Presence of Christ as Paradigm for a New Life in Grace 171

Chapter 12 Paul's Apocalyptic Eschatology in 2 Corinthians 173

1 Language and Reality 173

2 The "Apocalyptic" Language of Paul 173

3 Literary Integrity of 2 Corinthians 175

4 The Basic Building Blocks of Paul's Apocalyptic Symbolic Universe as Reflected in 2 Corinthians 176

5 The Hermeneutical Movement of Time in 2 Corinthians 177

6 Radical Eschatology… from the Right Perspective 178

7 The Present Past 179

8 2 Corinthians 4:7-15: Paul's Apostolic Ministry as a Paradigm of Jesus' Presence both in the Present and Future 183

9 2 Corinthians 4:16-5:10: A Compelling Vision of a Glorious New Future 185

10 Conclusion 186

Fin: Hearing the Echoes of Charis 188

Works Consulted 191

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