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May 2, 2007 / Daniel

The Resurrection of the Son of God 4

I’ve been slowing working my way through NT Wright’s The Resurrection of the Son of God.  The next section of the book deals with what the apostle Paul believed and taught about the resurrection and “life after death.”  Since the material in Corinthian letters are so debated among the Jesus Seminar, Wright covers Paul’s other writings first. 

The first letter he examines is 1 Thessalonians.  He has a lot of good insights here.  He makes a case that “on the clouds” is an allusion to Daniel 7 and the vindication of the “son of man” figure.   He also complains about folks taking Paul’s mixed metaphors too literally.  I think that he has in mind the “left behind” folks.  He points out that the OT “Day of the LORD (YHWH)” has become the “Day of Christ Jesus.” 

The next letter he covers is Galatians.  Galatians has been typical known for its discussion of the resurrection.  However, there are a couple of key verses such 1:4, 5:5, and 6:15-16.  BTW he takes the “Israel of God” to refer to the church.

 The material on Philippians was pretty good.  He again mentions the “Day of Christ Jesus” in 1:6.  The passage in 1:19-26 demonstrates the two stages pattern Wright uses throughout the book–“life after death” and “life after life after death.” This section argues against the soul sleep position.  Another point Wright makes is that 2:14-15 alludes to Daniel 12.  Then most of the chapter deals with Philippians 3 which is clearly a “physical resurrection” passage. 

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  1. Matthew C / May 2 2007 3:11 pm

    I am enjoying ‘Jesus and the Victory of God.’

    I can see what you meant about the Dispensational thing. The heavy emaphsis on a message to Israel fits.

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