Union with Christ in the New Testament by Grant MacaskillUnion with Christ in the New Testament by Grant Macaskill

Union with Christ in the New Testament

byGrant Macaskill

Hardcover | November 14, 2013

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This book is a study of the union between God and those he has redeemed, as it is represented in the New Testament. In conversation with historical and systematic theology, Grant Macaskill argues that the union between God and his people is consistently represented by the New Testament authorsas covenantal, with the participation of believers in the life of God specifically mediated by Jesus, the covenant Messiah: hence, it involves union with Christ. Christ's mediation of divine presence is grounded in the ontology of the Incarnation, the real divinity and real humanity of his person,and by the full divine personhood of the Holy Spirit, who unites believers to him in faith. His personal narrative of death and resurrection is understood in relation to the covenant by which God's dealings with humanity are ordered. In their union with him, believers are transformed both morallyand noetically, so that the union has an epistemic dimension, strongly affirmed by the theological tradition but sometimes confused by scholars with Platonism. This account is developed in close engagement with the New Testament texts, read against Jewish backgrounds, and allowed to inform one another as context. As a "participatory" understanding of New Testament soteriology, it is advanced in distinction to other participatory approaches that are hereconsidered to be deficient, particularly the so-called "apocalyptic" approach that is popular in Pauline scholarship, and those attempts to read New Testament soteriology in terms of theosis, elements of which are nevertheless affirmed.
Grant Macaskill is Senior Lecturer in New Testament Studies at the University of St. Andrews, Scotland.
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Title:Union with Christ in the New TestamentFormat:HardcoverDimensions:368 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0 inPublished:November 14, 2013Publisher:OUPLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199684294

ISBN - 13:9780199684298

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Table of Contents

Introduction1. Participation and Union with Christ in New Testament Scholarship2. Participation and Union with Christ in the Patristic Tradition and Modern Orthodox Theology3. Participation in Lutheran and Reformed Theology4. Exploring the Backgrounds to Union with Christ5. Examining the Adamic Backgrounds of Union with Christ6. The Temple and the Body of the Messiah7. Other Images of the Temple in the New Testament8. The Sacraments and Union with Christ9. Other Participatory Elements in the Pauline Corpus10. Further Participatory Elements in the Johannine Literature11. Grammars and Narratives of Participation in the Rest of the New Testament12. ConclusionsBibliography