The Body and the Future: A Socio-Rhetorical Approach to Paul’s Ethics with Special Reference to the Resurrection of the Body

O'Reilly, Matthew P. (2016) The Body and the Future: A Socio-Rhetorical Approach to Paul’s Ethics with Special Reference to the Resurrection of the Body. PhD thesis, University of Gloucestershire.

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Abstract

This study investigates how Paul’s attitude towards future bodily resurrection functions in relation to his expectations for believers’ use of their bodies in the present, both as individuals and as a community. I argue that embodiment is essential to Paul’s anthropology, and that Paul understands future bodily resurrection primarily in social terms. Drawing on insights from the social sciences and rhetorical studies, I also argue that future bodily resurrection functions in the letters under consideration as a future possible social identity that contributes to Paul’s persuasive strategies with regard to his expectations for believers’ behavior. In general, it will become clear that Paul expects his recipients to use their bodies in ways that stand in continuity with the resurrection-oriented future social identity. After an introductory chapter orienting the reader to questions, method, and relevant scholarly discussion, chapter 2 sheds light on the social dynamics of Paul’s attitude toward future bodily resurrection in general and the function of the resurrection-oriented future identity in particular through a close reading of 1 Cor 15:12–58; 6:12–20; and 2 Cor 4:7–5:10. Chapter 3 offers a detailed analysis of the relationship between resurrection and practice in Rom 6:1–23 and 8:9–25 to argue that Paul’s understanding of that relationship provides a framework for understanding table fellowship as bodily practice in Rom 14 and 15. Chapter 4 takes up Phil 3:12–4:1 and argues that Paul’s language of resurrection fosters a common ingroup identity that serves the letter’s double goal of mitigating faction and strengthening the recipients to persevere in the face of persecution. A final chapter synthesizes the overall findings of the research.

Item Type: Thesis (PhD)
Thesis Advisors:
Thesis AdvisorEmailURL
Lincoln, Andrewandrewlincoln@glos.ac.ukUNSPECIFIED
Witherington, BenUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Uncontrolled Keywords: Resurrection;
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BS The Bible
Divisions: Schools and Research Institutes > School of Liberal and Performance Arts > Religious, Philosophical and Historical Studies
Depositing User: Susan Turner
Date Deposited: 06 Dec 2017 17:16
Last Modified: 06 Dec 2017 17:16
URI: http://eprints.glos.ac.uk/id/eprint/5213

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