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Paul in Israel's StorySelf and Community at the Cross$
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John L. Meech

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780195306941

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2006

DOI: 10.1093/0195306945.001.0001

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Conclusion: The Crucified and Resurrected Self

Conclusion: The Crucified and Resurrected Self

(p.129) 6 Conclusion: The Crucified and Resurrected Self
Paul in Israel's Story

John L. Meech

Oxford University Press

To correlate the ontology of the self in community with Paul’s communal self is to affirm what we share with Paul while acknowledging our real distance from him. This correlation responds to two interrelated questions. First, how can the ontology help us to understand Paul? Second, how can the ontology help us to let Paul address us again? The chapter responds to these questions, first by correlating Rudolf Bultmann’s account of Pauline anthropology with the ontology of the self in community. How is such a correlation justified? In conversation with Jürgen Moltmann and Robert Jenson, the chapter concludes with a theological account of interpretation in community: Paul can speak again in our interpretations because we live with him in the community of the living and dead in Christ, and because the Spirit of Christ is the subject of the conversation in our community.

Keywords:   Rudolf Bultmann, interpretation, Robert Jenson, Jürgen Moltmann, ontology, spirit

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