Renewing the mind : Paul's theological and ethical use of phronēma and cognates in Romans and Philippians
The following study explores how the apostle Paul relates Christian thinking with Christian praxis. More precisely, this study endeavours to bring clarity to Paul’s concept of the renewed mind. The thesis has two distinct, yet interrelated objectives. First, it explores the theological foundations and ethical motivations related to Paul’s understanding of the renewed mind. Secondly, it attempts to show how these two aspects of Paul’s gospel organically relate to each other. This study accomplishes these objectives through an examination of Paul’s use of фρονειν and cognates. Generally speaking, the word group means to think, or to have an attitude or mindset. Although scholars have noted that a connection exists between this word group and Paul’s concept of the renewed mind, the relationship has not been fully explored or developed. The ground is not well trodden and therefore this study seeks to make fresh observations. The study focuses on what фρονειν and cognates contribute to our understanding of Paul’s concept of the renewed mind. More precisely, the study focuses primarily on Paul’s use of фρονειν and its cognates in Romans and Philippians. It will be argued that this word group serves as a lexical bridge spanning the gap between Paul’s theology and ethics. Simply put, this study argues that the apostle’s understanding and employment of the contexts in which the word group is found we will be able to move towards a better understanding of Paul’s concept of the renewed mind.