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Life in the FleshAn Anti-Gnostic Spiritual Philosophy$
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Adam G. Cooper

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780199546626

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199546626.001.0001

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The New Testament

The New Testament

(p.34) 2 The New Testament
Life in the Flesh

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In the Christian New Testament, flesh becomes a metaphor for the sinful force operative within the fallen human constitution. Yet, along with soul and spirit, it also remains a positive anthropological category, indicative of that physical, external and personal aspect of human nature created by God, assumed by Christ in the incarnation, and glorified in his resurrection. In their eucharistic and ecclesial theology, the New Testament writers privilege flesh and body as spiritually pregnant symbols over against the anti-material doctrines of early gnostic and docetic communities.

Keywords:   flesh, body, sarx, incarnation, spirit, soul, eucharist, church, sin, resurrection, gnosticism

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