Martinus C. de Boer: Paul, Jesus, and “Apocalyptic Drama”

Martinus C. de Boer, Paul, Theologian of God’s Apocalypse: Essays on Paul and Apocalyptic (Eugene, OR: Cascade Books, 2020), 2-3.

Paul’s understanding of Christ and his saving work is permeated from beginning to end (from Christ’s resurrection to his Parousia) by the categories and the perspectives of apocalyptic eschatology. Indeed, Paul goes further since he also applies these categories and perspectives not only to Jesus’ resurrection but also to his death by crucifixion, and even, in some contexts, to God’s sending of Jesus into the world (Gal 4:4-6; Rom 8:3; cf. Phil 2:6-8). The coming of Christ into the world, which leads to his death and resurrection and makes them possible, has inaugurated a unified apocalyptic drama that reaches its conclusion at the Parousia, which marks the End (eschaton).

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