By Troels Engberg-Pedersen
Engberg-Pedersen exhibits that Paul's cosmology, no longer least his knowing of the pneuma, was once a materialist, physically one: the pneuma used to be a actual aspect that might on the resurrection act at once at the traditional human our bodies of believers and remodel them into 'pneumatic bodies'. This literal knowing of the long run occasions is then traced again to the Pauline current as Engberg-Pedersen considers how Paul conceived in physically phrases of various vital topics like his personal conversion, his
mission, the believers' reception of the pneuma in baptism, and how the apostle took the pneuma to notify his personal and their methods of lifestyles from the start to the projected end.
In constructing this photo of Paul's global view, an explicitly philosophically orientated type of interpretation ('philosophical exegesis') is hired, during which the interpreter applies different types of interpretation that make experience philosophically, no matter if in an historic or a contemporary context. For this firm Engberg-Pedersen attracts specifically on historical Stoic materialist and monistic physics and cosmology - in place of the Platonic, immaterialist and dualistic different types that underlie
traditional readings of Paul - and on glossy principles on 'religious experience', 'self', 'body' and 'practice' derived from Foucault and Bourdieu. during this manner Paul is proven to have spelled out philosophically his Jewish, 'apocalyptic' international view, which is still a crucial characteristic of his thought.
The publication states the cosmological case for the author's previous 'ethical' examining of Paul in his prize-winning booklet, Paul and the Stoics (2000).
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Cosmology and Self in the Apostle Paul: The Material Spirit by Troels Engberg-Pedersen