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Bibil Identifier bibil:226455
Publication Type Journal article
Title (German, Long) Die alte Braut und Christi Leib. Zum ekklesiologischen Entwurf des Epheserbriefs
Author Gerber, Christine
Journal New Testament Studies (Volume: 59, Issue: 2)
Year (Publication) 2013
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2013
Year (Copyright) 2013
Year (Reference) 2013
Language German
Pages 192-221 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract That the ‘Church’ constitutes the main theme of the Epistle to the Ephesians is the opinio communis in exegesis. Going beyond the undisputed letters by Paul ἐκκλησία would thus no longer designate the local congregation but the universal Church instead. Yet it is still open to question whether ecclesiology becomes the theological centre, out of which Christology, too, enfolds, and the Church acquires a soteriological function. The paper argues for a re-examination of the term ἐκκλησία and the metaphors used in the epistle. It then emerges that Ephesians does indeed have an ecclesiological theme, but not yet the concept of one ‘Church’ as a transcendent entity. Of major importance are the various body metaphors, as they imply the unity of the assembled. Nevertheless, even the body metaphors do not presuppose an already developed concept of the ‘Church’ as the ‘realm of salvation’ or any other spatial metaphor. Instead, they demonstrate that soteriology and ecclesiology remain strictly related to Christology. With a view to the epistle's intention this means that Ephesians develops a vision of the unity and community of believers, not, however, as the theological construct of the Church, but rather as a paraenetic goal to integrate Christians of differing persuasions.
DOI 10.1017/S0028688512000379
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : New Testament (Introduction) : Theology : Themes : Body of Christ
Thesaurus BiBIL : New Testament (Introduction) : Theology : Themes : Ecclesiology
Thesaurus BiBIL : Books of the New Testament : Letters of Paul : Ephesians
Pericopes Ephesians 5,22-5,33
Ephesians 1,22-1,23
Terms ἐκκλησία εκκλησια
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