Messiah and Scripture 978-3-16-159229-4 - Mohr Siebeck
Theology

J. Thomas Hewitt

Messiah and Scripture

Paul's »In Christ« Idiom in Its Ancient Jewish Context

[Messias und Heilige Schrift. Das »In Christus”-Idiom des Paulus im Kontext der jüdischen Antike.]

2020. XIII, 292 pages.
forthcoming in July

Wissenschaftliche Untersuchungen zum Neuen Testament 2. Reihe 522

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J. Thomas Hewitt demonstrates how Paul's development and uses of the expression »in Christ« arise from his messianic interpretation of scriptures concerning Abraham's seed and Daniel's »son of man.« This type of creative scriptural interpretation is a common trait of ancient Jewish messiah texts.
J. Thomas Hewitt examines Paul's development and uses of the expression »in Christ,« or »in messiah,« with reference to conventions of ancient Jewish messiah discourse. While messiah speculation in antiquity does not evince a widespread, coherent messianic ideology, ancient Jewish messiah texts do share a common trait – the creative reappropriation of scripture for portraying messiahs. Ancient Jewish messiah discourse is thus both traditional, being shaped by the idioms and imagery of scripture, and innovative, as those materials are recast in novel depictions and expressions. As a participant in this interpretative enterprise, Paul found resources in scriptural traditions concerning Abraham's seed and Daniel's heavenly man for generating his own distinctive conceptions of messiahship, conceptions he often articulated with his hallmark expression »in Christ.«
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J. Thomas Hewitt 2013 MLitt, University of St Andrews; 2018 PhD, University of Edinburgh; currently Kirby Laing Research Fellow in New Testament, School of Divinity, History, and Philosophy, University of Aberdeen.
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