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Bibil Identifier bibil:215660
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) Baptism "Into Christ Jesus" and the Question of Universalism in Paul
Author Wagner, J. Ross
Journal Horizons in Biblical Theology (Volume: 33, Issue: 1)
Year (Publication) 2011
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2011
Year (Copyright) 2011
Year (Reference) 2011
Language English
Pages 45-61 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract This essay adopts Paul's occasional theological reflections on the concrete social practice of baptism as a vantage point from which to investigate the question of universalism in the apostle's thought, examining passages from 1 Corinthians, Galatians, Romans, and Colossians. In these texts, Paul variously conceptualizes salvation as incorporation into “the one body of Christ“; “the seed of Abraham“; “the children of God“; or “the new humanity,“ whose representative is Christ, the last Adam. Despite the different metaphors, it is clear in each case that it is the singular identity of the man Jesus Christ that is determinative for the collective identity of redeemed humanity; it is precisely—and only—with respect to union with him that diverse human beings become “one.“ The essay concludes by considering briefly the implications of Paul's christologically determined anthropology for the question of universal salvation and for the idea of the enduring election of Israel as God's peculiar possession.
DOI 10.1163/019590811X571715
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : New Testament (Introduction) : Theology : Themes : Body of Christ
Thesaurus BiBIL : New Testament (Introduction) : Theology : Themes : Universalism
Thesaurus BiBIL : New Testament (Introduction) : Theology : Themes : Baptism
Pericopes 1 Corinthians 1,10-1,17
1 Corinthians 10,1-10,5
Galatians 3,27
Romans 6,1-6,11
Colossians 2,6-2,15
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