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Title: The Son and the Sons of God : a study in the elements of Paul's christological and soteriological thought
Author: Wanamaker, C. A.
ISNI:       0000 0001 3558 4067
Awarding Body: Durham University
Current Institution: Durham University
Date of Award: 1980
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This thesis examines Paul's use of the divine Sonship conception in order to discover its place and significance in his Christological and soteriological thought. Because Paul relates the divine Sonship idea both to Christ and to Christians, this thesis naturally divides into two main parts: Part one studies the divine Sonship of Christ, and part two investigates the divine sonship of Christians. Our examination in part one reveals that Sonship characterizes Christ's relation with God at every stage of his existence from before he became a man through to his present position as universal sovereign. The divine Sonship which Paul attributes to Christ is of fundamental importance for understanding the unique roles which Christ plays in creation and redemption. In particular, Paul's soteriology is inconceivable without the supposition of the divine Sonship of Christ. Paul's own belief in the divine Sonship of the man Jesus of Nazareth arose through the revelation he received at his conversion and call. Because of this experience, the Son of God became the content of Paul's Gospel. In part two we show that Paul's believer sonship conception was in continuity with his Jewish heritage and the teaching tradition associated with Jesus. By a careful examination of Gal. 3-4 and Rom. 8-9 we demonstrate that Paul attributed great significance to the idea of the divine sonship of Christians. This concept expresses the continuity between the present and future experience of salvation, while emphasizing its personal character. We also discover that believer sonship was capable of embracing a variety of other important aspects in Pauline theology. When the two sides of divine Sonship are seen together, especially in their relationship to one another, the one theme of divine Sonship is seen to provide a very valuable perspective on Paul's Christological and soteriological thought.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: Philosophy