Research@StAndrews
 
The University of St Andrews

Research@StAndrews:FullText >
Divinity (School of) >
Divinity >
Divinity Theses >

Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10023/2537
This item has been viewed 96 times in the last year. View Statistics

Files in This Item:

File Description SizeFormat
AndrewStirlingPhDThesis.pdf1.41 MBAdobe PDFView/Open
Title: Transformation and growth : the Davidic temple builder in Ephesians
Authors: Stirling, A. Mark
Supervisors: Macaskill, Grant
Keywords: Biblical studies
Ephesians
New Testament use of Old Testament
Ethics
Zechariah
Isaiah
Issue Date: 9-Dec-2011
Abstract: The focus of this thesis is on the way in which the theology of the author of the Epistle to the Ephesians is both shaped by and shapes the appropriation of OT texts and themes, especially in Eph 2:11-22. This reveals an overarching theme, not only in 2:11-22, but in the whole letter, of the Davidic scion who builds his new temple consisting of Jews and Gentiles together. The creation and growth of this new humanity is expressed using temple imagery and by appropriating OT texts that are concerned with the eschatological pilgrimage of the Gentiles to Zion. Ephesians is concerned with the transformed walking that is inherent to membership of the Messiah’s people. It is further concerned that this corporate entity should function as God’s dwelling place on earth; unity and loving relationships therefore being the burden of Ephesians’ paraenesis. This entire process is summed up at the gateway to the letter’s paraenesis in the phrase “learn the Messiah.” The discipleship thus conceived is about much more than (but not less than) individual transformation. The temple/dwelling place theme imparts a corporate dimension to growth that is crucial if the Messiah’s people are to function as they ought. This functioning is given further definition, however, by the expansionist element introduced by the temple theme and texts, as well as the framing of membership of the Messiah’s people in explicitly covenantal terms. Ephesians may thus be seen as a letter whose purpose is to induct believers into the privileges and responsibilities of the Messiah’s new humanity, to give them the self understanding that they constitute corporately the new temple and to convince them that the manner of their “walking” is the means by which the unity and integrity of God’s dwelling place is both expressed and maintained.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10023/2537
Type: Thesis
Publisher: University of St Andrews
Appears in Collections:Divinity Theses



This item is protected by original copyright

This item is licensed under a Creative Commons License
Creative Commons

Items in DSpace are protected by copyright, with all rights reserved, unless otherwise indicated.

 

DSpace Software Copyright © 2002-2012  Duraspace - Feedback
For help contact: Digital-Repository@st-andrews.ac.uk | Copyright for this page belongs to St Andrews University Library | Terms and Conditions (Cookies)