PETER CHIDOLUE ONWUKA, THE LAW, REDEMPTION AND FREEDOM IN CHRIST. An Exegetical-Theological Study of Galatians 3,10-14 and Romans 7,1-6
The Law, Redemption and Freedom in Christ examines Paul's view of the law and the redemption accomplished in Christ, especially with regard to how the latter affects the former, what the latter entails for the former and what implication the latter has for Christians vis-a-vis the former. It also considers the freedom which believers now enjoy as the result of the redemptive work of Christ. It studies these from the point of view of two Pauline passages: Gal 3,10-14 and Rom 7,1-6. Firstly, it situates each passage in its context, secondly, does a close reading of it and thirdly, offers some theological reflections that arise from the exegesis. It concludes by comparing and contrasting its findings from the two texts in order to anive at a fuller view of the themes.
The dissertation is divided into three parts. Part one studies the law and redemption in Gal 3,10-14, part two examines the same theme from the point of view of Rom 7,1-6 while part three offers a synthesis of the teachings of parts one and two. The thesis has seven chapters. Chapters I and VI consider the historical and literary contexts of Gal 3,10-14 and Rom 7,1-6 respectively. Chapter II and V are close reading on the two pericopes while Chapters III and VI are theological reflections on the two texts respectively. Chapter VII, which is the general conclusion, offers a synthesis.
PETER C. ONWUKA, born in 1966 is a priest of Catholic diocese of Nnewi, Anambra State of Nigeria. He was ordained in 1993 and had served in various capacities in the diocese before proceeding to Pontifical Gregorian University where he specialized in Biblical Theology. He defended his doctoral thesis on 6 June 2007.
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