Dynamic Reciprocity and Ontological Affinity in the Pauline Account of Solidarity

Grant Macaskill (Corresponding Author)

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Abstract

This article suggests that the dynamic elements of gift-giving and reciprocity, which are incisively re-evaluated in John Barclay’s study Paul and the Gift, might fruitfully be combined with the classical Incarnational understanding of the union of natures to better our understanding of Paul’s soteriology. Setting Paul’s account of salvation within the framework of the wider New Testament, the article highlights the presence of key elements that might best be articulated in terms of the dual kinship of Jesus with both God and humanity and that require some discussion of the ontology of the one who saves. When Paul speaks of the solidarity that exists within the Christian community, he does so in a way that links it to the presence of the Spirit, by whom we participate in the oneness of God through the one mediator; his development of this emphasis draws heavily upon the Shema, which Jewish traditions associate with the distinctive ‘being’ of God.
Original languageEnglish
JournalInternational Journal of Systematic Theology
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 26 Sep 2019

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Ontological
Affinity
Deity
Solidarity
Soteriology
Kinship
Gift Giving
Jesus
Christian Community
Salvation
Jewish Tradition
Ontology
Mediator
New Testament
Nature
Oneness
Gift

Keywords

  • Barclay. John
  • Paul
  • two-natures Christology
  • ontology
  • soteriology
  • union with christ

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