Functional Teleology and the Coherence of Ephesians 978-3-16-156075-0 - Mohr Siebeck
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Eric Covington

Functional Teleology and the Coherence of Ephesians

A Comparative and Reception-Historical Approach

[Funktionale Teleologie und die Kohärenz des Epheserbriefs. Ein vergleichender und rezeptionsgeschichtlicher Ansatz.]

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How does Ephesians coherently hold together cosmological, Christological, ecclesiological, and ethical elements within its vision of the early Christian way of life? Eric Covington reads Ephesians in light of the ethical thought world of ancient philosophy, but also identifies how the unique early Christian understanding of the world results in a distinctive vision of the goal of human life.
Eric Covington examines the way in which Ephesians coherently holds together cosmological, Christological, ecclesiological, and ethical elements within its vision of the early Christian way of life. He begins by investigating the extent to which the categories of functional teleology featured within ethical reflection in both Greco-Roman and early Jewish traditions. Next, he analyzes the letter's Auslegungsgeschichte, focusing on Thomas Aquinas' medieval commentary, to demonstrate how Ephesians has previously been interpreted through the lens of teleology. Finally, he turns to an historical-exegetical examination of Ephesians to demonstrate the way in which the letter uses the categories and concepts of functional teleology. He concludes that Ephesians identifies the appropriate way of life in light of an individual and ecclesial telos within God's ultimus finis for all of creation.
Authors/Editors

Eric Covington Born 1986; 2007 BA from Dallas Baptist University; 2010 MA from Dallas Baptist University; 2012 MA from Wheaton College; 2013 MLitt from University of St Andrews; 2016 PhD from University of St Andrews; currently Assistant Professor of Christian Studies at Howard Payne University – New Braunfels.

Reviews

The following reviews are known:

In: New Testament Abstracts — 63 (2019), S. 157
In: Criswell Theological Review — 17 (2019), pp. 141–143 (Daniel J. Thorpe)
In: Theologische Literaturzeitung — 144 (2019), S. 1250–1252 (Christine Gerber)
In: Journal for the Study of the NT — 41.5 (2019), S. 74–75 (Glenn M. Balfour)