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Christ as CreatorOrigins of a New Testament Doctrine$
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Sean M. McDonough

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780199576470

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199576470.001.0001

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Creation: The Beginning of Messianic Dominion

Creation: The Beginning of Messianic Dominion

(p.65) 4 Creation: The Beginning of Messianic Dominion
Christ as Creator

Sean M. McDonough (Contributor Webpage)

Oxford University Press

While the memories of Jesus' re-creative work could provide a powerful impetus towards speculation about his role in primal creation, a theological framework was needed if these primal insights were to reach concrete expression in phrases like ‘in him all things were created’, and if they were to be defended in debate with Jewish and pagan interlocutors. Most commentators assert that Wisdom provides this framework. But a careful reading of the Hebrew Bible and early Jewish texts shows that God's act of creation could be depicted in a number of ways: the world could be seen as the product of God's Word, God's Spirit, God's image, or God's glory, not only of God's Wisdom. A close reflection on the relevant New Testament texts shows that messianic dominion provides a more suitable point of departure. Creation is the beginning of messianic dominion; the Messiah rules the world he made.

Keywords:   Christ, creation, Messiah, Wisdom, Word, glory, Spirit, dominion

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