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Christ as CreatorOrigins of a New Testament Doctrine$
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Sean M. McDonough

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780199576470

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199576470.001.0001

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Creation and Moral Order

Creation and Moral Order

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(p.46) 3 Creation and Moral Order
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Christ as Creator
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Sean M. McDonough (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199576470.003.0003

Even a cursory look at the statements concerning Christ and creation shows that they were formulated primarily by way of analogy with the relational aspect of Christ's redemptive work. Just as God saves people ‘through Christ’, so he created the world ‘through Christ’. Such a move was facilitated by the inextricable links between creation and redemption in the Hebrew Bible. But it is also part of a broader pattern in the ancient world, where cosmic order and social order were regularly seen as closely allied concepts. A variety of texts, from Sumerian hymns to Hellenistic philosophical treatises, are cited to demonstrate this point.

Keywords:   Christ, creation, redemption, Hebrew Bible, cosmic order, ancient world

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