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If Sons, Then HeirsA Study of Kinship and Ethnicity in the Letters of Paul$
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Caroline Johnson Hodge

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780195182163

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195182163.001.0001

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 Formed after an Image: Procreative God in Romans 8:29

 Formed after an Image: Procreative God in Romans 8:29

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(p.109) 6 Formed after an Image: Procreative God in Romans 8:29
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If Sons, Then Heirs
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Caroline Johnson Hodge (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195182163.003.0007

In Romans 8:29, Paul outlines the relationship between Christ, the gentiles newly in-Christ, and God. Christ is not an ancestor (like Abraham), but a firstborn brother of the same generation as the gentiles, while the gentiles are younger brothers of Christ and are modeled after his image. God is the father of both parties and is a procreative force, much like the power associated with the male seed in both in biblical tradition and in ancient discussions of embryology and conception. The language of being formed or shaped into the likeness of another person or an ideal model is found in discussions of procreation and succession both in biblical texts and in Greek discussions of procreation. For Paul, Romans 8:29 is a perfect description of newly adopted gentiles, who in their new status as adopted sons of God, are now heirs to God's promises.

Keywords:   image, conception, form, model, embryology, firstborn, male seed, shape

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