Πνεῦμα, Genealogical Descent, and Things That Do Not Exist according to Paul

J Thomas Hewitt* (Corresponding Author)

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Abstract

Several recent studies have proposed that according to Paul gentiles join Abraham’s lineage in a quasi-physiological way by being infused with material πνεῦμα. This article assesses that proposal, finding it to be an inaccurate description of Paul’s language and rationale, and it sets forth an alternative proposal based on Romans 4 and Paul’s descriptions of baptism. This alternative proposal is that Paul understood the forging of an Abrahamic and divine pedigree for gentiles to be a divine act of creation from nothing concomitant with believers’ proleptic death and resurrection in solidarity with the messiah.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)239-252
Number of pages14
JournalNew Testament Studies
Volume68
Issue number3
Early online date9 Jun 2022
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2022

Keywords

  • ethnicity
  • messiah
  • material pnema
  • baptism
  • resurrection
  • 'in Christ'
  • Paul

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