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Paul and apostasy : eschatology, perseverance, and falling away in the Corinthian congregation

Author: B J Oropeza
Publisher: Eugene, OR. : Wipf & Stock, 2007.
Series: Wissenschaftliche Untersuchungen zum Neuen Testament, 115.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English
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"This groundbreaking work presents the concepts of apostasy and perseverance in light of recent interpretative and intertextual methods. Oropeza argues that the Pauline letters include warnings to congregation members who are in danger of falling away, and Paul often considers these members to be authentic converts to the early Christian message. A prime example of this is presented in the apostle's use of the  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: B J Oropeza
ISBN: 9781556353338 1556353332
OCLC Number: 808563575
Notes: Previously published by Mohr Siebeck, 2000.
Description: xiii, 318 pages ; 24 cm.
Contents: Ch. 1. Introduction: perspectives on apostasy and perseverance --
1. Apostasy and perseverance in church history --
2. Rhetorical approaches to New Testament interpretation --
3. Social and cultural anthropological approaches to New Testament interpretation --
4. Purpose and scope of this study --
Ch. 2. The Corinthian situation and meat sacrificed to idols --
1. Situation in Corinth --
2. Unity and disunity in the message on meat sacrificed to idols --
3. Outline of Paul's argument in 1 Corinthians 10:1-13 --
Ch. 3. The election of Israel through initiation and sustenance in the Exodus/wilderness episode --
1. Israel's baptism in Moses as a mark of solidarity (1 Corinthians 10:1-2) --
2. Israel's initiation in the cloud and sea --
3. Solidarity of spiritual consumption in the wilderness (1 Corinthians 10:3-4) --
Ch. 4. The divine judgements on the wilderness generation: eschatological prefigurations for the Corinthians --
1. God's rejection of Israel in the wilderness (1 Corinthians 10:5) --
2. Types: that the Corinthians would not lust after evil things (1 Corinthians 10:6) --
3. The golden calf and the problem of idol meats (1 Corinthians 10:7) --
4. Porneia cultus (1 Corinthians 10:8) --
5. The provocation of Christ in the wilderness (1 Cor. 10:9) --
6. Discord and the grumbling motif (1 Corinthians 10:10) --
7. The wilderness vices in relation to Paul's ethics --
8. Eschatology and boundaries in a liminal state (1 Corinthians 10:11) --
Ch. 5. A warning against apostasy and a word of perseverance --
1. Introduction --
2. Apostasy: falling away (1 Corinthians 10:12) --
3. Perseverance: God will not allow you to be tempted beyond your capabilities (1 Corinthians 10:13) --
Ch. 6. Conclusion: Paul and apostasy --
1. Paul's view of apostasy --
2. Final conclusion --
Appendix: selected works related to apostasy and perseverance.
Series Title: Wissenschaftliche Untersuchungen zum Neuen Testament, 115.
Responsibility: B.J. Oropeza.

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"This groundbreaking work presents the concepts of apostasy and perseverance in light of recent interpretative and intertextual methods. Oropeza argues that the Pauline letters include warnings to congregation members who are in danger of falling away, and Paul often considers these members to be authentic converts to the early Christian message. A prime example of this is presented in the apostle's use of the Exodus wilderness traditions in 1 Corinthians 10:1-13. In an effort to persuade congregation members against apostasy, Paul echoes examples from the Hebrew Scriptures and Jewish traditions regarding Israel's divine election and punishments. The Corinthians are exhorted against conducting themselves in a manner that parallels the ancient Israelites who, after crossing the Red Sea, were rejected by God in the wilderness because they murmured and committed vices such as idolatry and sexual immorality. Paul cautions the Corinthians that if they commit such vices in their own spiritual journey, they will suffer divine judgment before the culmination of the eschaton. These warnings are located within larger rhetorical arguments related to the problems of meat sacrificed to idols, congregational factions, and misperceptions about the end times. Oropeza also interprets passages on apostasy and perseverance in Paul's other letters, and he interacts with theological perspectives associated with the perseverance of the saints, including Calvinist and Arminian traditions. His work provides a fresh alternative to this theological controversy."--Back cover.
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