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Date of Award

2001

Document Type

Graduate Paper

Degree Name

Master of Arts in Theology

Department

School of Theology • Seminary

First Advisor

William J. Cahoy

Abstract

This essay presents an overview of Paul's Christology. Since Paul's discourse frustrates any attempt to reduce its images and language to our contemporary categories of thought, my purpose is to explore Paul's own Jewish background as well as the Hellenistic cultural context of the Christian communities found by him as the proper context to interpret his gospel, that is, his proclamation of Jesus Christ. Moreover, I emphasize Paul's own experience of conversion and encounter with the Risen Lord. Itis argued that these are the factors that shaped Paul's understanding of Jesus Christ. In order to define the content and meaning of Paul's gospel, this essay addresses four main topics: Jesus' identity, the mystery of his passion, death, and resurrection, Jesus' presence in the Church, and our hope for the glorious manifestation of Jesus Christ. More than a systematic discourse on the meaning of Jesus' life and work, Paul himself refers to the proclamation of the gospel as a redemptive event for those who have faith.

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