This introductory chapter identifies three basic profiles of the book. First, the aim is to develop Paul's concrete cosmology as an alternative way of understanding a range of central concepts in Paul, e.g. ‘being in Christ’, that traditionally have only been understood in metaphorical or cognitive ways. Second, the book argues for the need for an explicitly philosophically oriented form of interpretation (‘philosophical exegesis’), in which the interpreter applies categories of interpretation that make sense philosophically, whether in an ancient or a modern context. Third, the book aims to focus on everything Paul says about bodies and bodiliness. At the end it is further claimed that the book will show the supposed gap between ‘ideas’ and ‘practice’ to be non-existent in Paul.
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