Jonathan D. Worthington

Creation in Paul and Philo

The Beginning and Before

[Die Schöpfung bei Paulus und Philo. Der Anfang und sein Davor.]

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Paul's view of creation, like Philo's in his contemporary commentary on Genesis 1–2, interweaves an interpretation of the world's beginning, humanity's beginning, and God's intentions before the beginning. Jonathan Worthington shows that recognizing this basic interplay between »Beginning« and »Before« aids our understanding of difficult and debated passages in both ancient interpreters regarding creation.
God's creative activity »in the beginning« is important to many aspects of Paul's theology. Jonathan Worthington explores Paul's protology by analyzing his interpretation of scripture concerning creation, mainly the beginning of Genesis. By examining Paul's exegetical manoeuvres within 1–2 Corinthians and Romans, and by comparing these with the contemporary but more detailed treatments of the same texts by Philo of Alexandria in his formal commentary on Genesis 1–2, De Opificio Mundi, the author uncovers an approach to creation that is fundamental to both ancient interpreters. Paul's interpretation of creation, like Philo's in his commentary, contains three interwoven aspects: the beginning of the world, the beginning of humanity, and God's intentions before the beginning. Recognizing this basic hermeneutical interplay between »the Beginning« and »the Before« facilitates a more appropriate comparison between Paul and Philo as well as a more adequate treatment of difficult and debated passages in both interpreters regarding creation.

Jonathan D. Worthington Born 1978; 2005 Master of Divinity; 2006 Master of Theology at Reformed Theological Seminary (Jackson, Mississippi, USA); 2011 PhD in New Testament Studies at Durham University (Durham, England); Director of University and Youth Ministries in Bon Accord Free Church of Scotland in Aberdeen, Scotland.


The following reviews are known:

In: Theologische Literaturzeitung — 137 (2012), S. 1349–1350 (Stefanie Lorenzen)
In: Journal of the Ev. Theol. Society — 55 (2012), S. 866–868 (Christopher A. Beetham)
In: New Testament Abstracts — 56 (2012), S. 418
In: Trinity Journal — 34 (2013), S. 304–305 (Joseph R. Dodson)
In: Journal for the Study of the NT — 35.5 (2013), S. 78 (Grant Macaskill)