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Title: An exegesis of Ephesians 2:14-17
Author: Edwards, Arthur David
Awarding Body: University of Glasgow
Current Institution: University of Glasgow
Date of Award: 1982
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The exegesis of four verses enables us to discuss whether the author uses existing material and to discern whether the teaching is in harmony with Ephesians as a whole and with Pauline teaching, especially on reconciliation. Ephesians 2:14-17 speaks of the reconciliation of Jew and Gentile through the reconciliation of both to God. This passage is not hymnic in origin, although it does reveal hymnic characteristics. These are partly due to the style of Ephesians, but mainly appear through the use of Is. 57:19 and Col. 1:20-22. Evidence of a gnostic background, to the passage is insufficient. We have an example of inclusio, where the words ()and () (v.13) are elaborated upon and then cited again (v.l7). The word peace in Is. 57:19 prompts the writer to show how Christ is our peace. The meaning of the term "middle wall" is problematical, but no suggestion is better than that of the temple barrier in Jerusalem about which the readers would know something from the Old Testament. The middle wall illustrates the divisive aspect of the law. The punctuation of vv. 15, 16 with a comma after () is to be preferred. The negative statements of breaking down and abolishing are followed by the positive of the creating of a new man and the reconciliation of both Jew and Gentile into one body () is used generally and does not refer specifically to the literal body of Christ. Christ preached this message of peace through the apostles and prophets, who were the foundation members of the church. The passage is an example of the author's love of Isaiah, whose message the Christ event has fulfilled in a fuller sense than the prophet envisaged. Not only have the Jews of the Dispersion been brought near, but also the Gentiles. This concept is in harmony with the general theme of Ephesians and Pauline teaching on reconciliation. The evidence is insufficient to support the non-Pauline authorship of Ephesians.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: BL Religion ; BS The Bible