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Cosmology and Self in the Apostle PaulThe Material Spirit$
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Troels Engberg-Pedersen

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199558568

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199558568.001.0001

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The Bodily Pneuma in Paul

The Bodily Pneuma in Paul

(p.39) 2 The Bodily Pneuma in Paul
Cosmology and Self in the Apostle Paul

Troels Engberg‐Pedersen

Oxford University Press

This chapter takes the materialistic understanding of the resurrection body and the pneuma into the broader field of all the genuine Pauline letters (apart from the letter to Philemon), from 1 Thessalonians, over Galatians, 1-2 Corinthians, and Philippians to Romans. The aim is to analyse a range of passages and themes as seen in relation to the cosmology that Paul is apparently presupposing in his ad hoc remarks throughout the letters. Do Philippians 3 and 2 Corinthians 4-5 fit the picture of the resurrection given in 1 Corinthians 15? How is the pneuma related to Christ? And how to God? When and how did believers receive the pneuma as a ‘first instalment’ already in the present life? And having received it literally and cosmologically from above, do they also use it in their address to God in the other direction, in prayer?

Keywords:   Philippians, Corinthians, pneuma, Christ, God, reception of pneuma, prayer

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