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By Jonathan T. Pennington, Sean M. McDonough

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ISBN-13: 9780567031433

For first-century humans, cosmology used to be a basic a part of their worldview. no matter if it used to be the thinker considering the perfection of the heavenly orbits, the farmer looking out the sky for indicators of while to plant his plants, or the desert-dwelling sectarian searching for the top of the area, the cosmos held an unending fascination and occupied a fashionable position of their realizing of existence. for many old peoples, cosmology and theology have been inseparable. therefore, whilst the Jewish and Christian Scriptural traditions commence with the daring declare, "In the start God created the heavens and earth," those phrases make statements that are right away cosmogonic, cosmological, and theological. Scholarship has all started only in the near past to enquire extra absolutely some of the cosmological and cosmogonic traditions that have been present in the course of the previous and New Testaments. a lot of this paintings, notwithstanding, has interested by how OT conceptions of the realm in comparison to different historical close to japanese traditions. less has been performed at the cosmological traditions which stand in the back of the perspectives of the NT writers. Even fewer works have sought to attach cosmological perspectives with NT theology. In mild of the good significance that cosmology had in historical peoples' worldviews and theological realizing, a radical research of this missed subject is so as. Cosmology and New testomony Theology systematically examines the NT records to teach how cosmological language and ideas tell, have interaction with, and give a contribution to the explicit theological emphases of a few of the NT books. In a few NT books, the significance of cosmology could be simply discerned, whereas in others what's required is a brand new and shut exam of key cosmological phrases (e.g., heaven, earth, global, construction) with a watch to the subjects and theology of the booklet.

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T h e first t w o w o r d s a n d this o p e n i n g line a r e n o t a c c i d e n t a l in their intertextual p o w e r . T h i s o p e n i n g s a l v o p u t s J e s u s C h r i s t in t h e c o n t e x t o f t h r e e o f t h e m o s t i m p o r t a n t realities o f J e w i s h h i s t o r y a n d identity - t h e b o o k o f G e n e s i s , t h e k i n g D a v i d , and the patriarch A b r a h a m .

On the conflict model of creation, see J. Day, God's Conflict with the Dragon and the Sea (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1985), pp. 1-61. 95. For example, some think that the reference in Ps. 12-17 is to the Exodus, rather than the creation of the world. Cosmology 24 and New Testament Theology s y m b o l o f e n d u r a n c e a n d long-lastingness ( P s . 7 2 . 5 - 7 ; 7 8 . 6 9 ; 8 9 . 2 9 , 3 6 - 7 ) . O n t h e o t h e r h a n d , t h e r e a r e p a s s a g e s that i m p l y o r s p e a k e x p l i c i t l y o f a definite e n d to t h e c r e a t e d w o r l d , a b o v e all P s .

11 s p e a k s o f the 'pillars o f h e a v e n ' . T h e u s e o f architectural i m a g e r y indicates that t h e w o r l d is 83. See Robert A. , 'Cosmogony, Cosmology', ABD 1: 1164-7. 84. J. D. Levenson, Creation and the Persistence of Evil (San Francisco: Harper & Row, 1988), p. 84. See also J. Walton, Ancient Near Eastern Thought and the Old Testament: Introduc­ ing the Conceptual World of the Hebrew Bible (Nottingham: Apollos, 2007), pp. 123-5,196-9. 85. Gen. 1,4; Ps. 6; Jer. 11; etc. 86.

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