Paul: Narrative or Apocalyptic

Paul: Narrative or Apocalyptic

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Two main schools of thought organize the field of play for Paul - apocalyptic and narrative. Apocalyptic, rooted in Second Temple mystical Judaism, emphasizes the disjunctive. Both the cross and resurrection are read as cosmic commentary on abolishment of all and the advent of the brand new. Narrative, rooted in the Old Testament's covenant promises, emphasizes continuity. The cross and resurrection are read inside covenant to show fulfillment.

Here, in one volume of two acclaimed Pauline scholars - J. Christaan Beker and N. T. Wright - the difference becomes evident. While agreeing the cross and resurrection Jesus stand at the very center of Paul's theological enterprise, they disagree as to how to interpret the death and resurrection: as apocalyptic or as covenant fulfillment. Let the debate begin.

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