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Christ among the MessiahsChrist Language in Paul and Messiah Language in Ancient Judaism$
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Matthew V. Novenson

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199844579

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199844579.001.0001

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Conclusion

Conclusion

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(p.174) Conclusion
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Christ among the Messiahs
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Matthew V. Novenson

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199844579.003.0007

The conclusion summarizes the argument of the book and draws some implications for future research. Contrary to much previous research, Paul cannot be rightly understood as a non-messianic or anti-messianic thinker. The particular contours of Paul’s messianic christology, however, remain to be described in greater detail. Moreover, it is clear that Paul illustrates a range of features that are otherwise attested only in a fragmentary way in other Jewish messiah texts from the same period. A thorough description of early Jewish messianism, incorporating the Pauline evidence, remains to be done. If, as most scholars now concede, Paul is a source for early Judaism, then he is also a source for early Jewish reflection on the messiah, about whom he clearly had much to say.

Keywords:   apostle paul, early judaism, jewish messianism, pauline christology

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