SCOTT M. LEWIS, S.J., SO THAT GOD MAY BE ALL IN ALL. The Apocalyptic Message of 1 Corinthians 15:12-34
Passages such as 1Cor 15,12-34
have been a rich source for theological reflection on Christology, eschatology,
and the resurrection, especially during the formative period of the Church.
Today, this and similar passages have lost their influence in Catholic
theological reflection, catechesis, and preaching, perhaps because they
seem to reflect an apocalyptic cosmology and eschatology which we no longer
share. It is only in this century that we have begun to understand and
appreciate the presence and role of apocalyptic theology in the NT. Contemporary
scholars are attempting to define, understand and reappropriate apocalyptic
theology for the life of the Church.
This study continues this process by demonstrating that 1Cor 15,12-34 is an expression of apocalyptic theology and that it is only in understanding it as such that we can unlock the integrity and power of its message, an exhortation to live in hope, ethical and spiritual fervor, and eschatological patience in the face of suffering and persecution. In His reconquest of a rebellious world through the agency of Jesus Christ, God reasserts His absolute sovereignty over all of creation and passes eschatological judgment on all human institutions, societies, and ideologies.
To clarify the full import of the apocalyptic symbols of death, resurrection, and salvation in 1Cor 15,12-34, they are compared with those present in contemporary Jewish apocalyptic writings. Additionally, a diachronic analysis of the exegesis of this passage during the patristic period illuminates its impact on the development of Christian theology. This study will be of interest to those studying Pauline theology, the resurrection, and the life of the early Christian communities.
SCOTT LEWIS was born in Honolulu, Hawaii,
USA in 1948. He entered the Society of Jesus in 1979 after completing degrees
in history at the University of Hawaii and The Catholic University of America.
After theological studies at Weston School of Theology in Cambridge, USA
and ordination, he studied Scripture at the Pontifical Biblical Institute,
Rome (SSL) and the Pontifical Gregorian University (STD). He is an assistant
professor of New Testament at Regis College, Toronto, Canada.
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