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Cosmology and Self in the Apostle Paul: The Material Spirit

Troels Engberg-Pedersen


This book argues that the traditional, mainly cognitive and metaphorical ways of understanding central Pauline concepts, e.g. ‘being in Christ’, which have been heavily influenced by the incorporation of Platonic dualism into early Christianity from the 2nd century onwards, must be supplemented by a literal, not just cognitive and non-metaphorical understanding that directly reflects Paul's cosmology. That cosmology, including Paul's understanding of the pneuma (‘spirit’), was a materialist, bodily one, with the pneuma being understood by Paul as consisting of a combination of physical element ... More

Keywords: Pauline cosmology, pneuma, spirit, stoicism, materialism, body, self, religious experience, practice, Pauline apocalypticism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780199558568
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199558568.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Troels Engberg-Pedersen, author
Professor of the New Testament, The University of Copenhagen
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