Cosmic Drama of Salvation
A Study of Paul's Undisputed Writings from Anthropological
& Cosmological Perspectives
Wissenschaftliche Untersuchungen zum Neuen Testament, No. 276

By Sang Meyng Lee
August 2010
Mohr Siebeck
Distributed by Coronet Books Inc.
ISBN: 9783161503160
381 pages
$147.50 Paper original

Sang M. Lee studies the cosmic drama of salvation which Paul describes in his undisputed writings. Utilizing the two pillars of Paul's theology - anthropology and cosmology - his aim is to understand how God's salvific drama develops in Paul's narrative world against the backdrop of the intellectual world of Judeo-Hellenistic traditions, including Greek philosophical works, Jewish wisdom and apocalyptic literature, and Philo's writings. Paul's salvific drama is woven from four interrelated acts: Act I (the law-less period), Act II (the law period), Act III (the age of the church) and Act IV (the Parousia).

Special attention is paid to the key elements of the drama: God's master plan as its plot, time and space as its stage, and its various characters who can be divided into three main categories (evil, double-faced and good). In particular, the author focuses on the main characters - conscience, the Mosaic law, and Christ and the Spirit - who play important roles for God's long-range soteriological and pedagogical plan for humanity.


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