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Paulus se beskouing van Jesus

F.P. Viljoen
In die Skriflig/In Luce Verbi | Vol 38, No 3 | a437 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/ids.v38i3.437 | © 2004 F.P. Viljoen | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 01 August 2004 | Published: 01 August 2004

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F.P. Viljoen, Skool vir Bybelwetenskappe en Bybeltale, Potchefstroomkampus, Noordwes-Universiteit, South Africa

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Abstract

Paul’s views on Jesus

Many scholars distinguish between the nature of Jesus and his teachings as evident during His days on earth, and that of Christ after the resurrection. It is often assumed and argued that Paul’s views and argumentations were responsible for this distinction. If exegetical investigation is, however, taken as point of departure it seems as if this distinction is not justifiable. Although Paul specifically emphasises the importance of cross and resurrection, Jesus’ earthly existence is also regarded as important by him. Paul’s overall viewpoint reveals that he maintains an existing continuity between these two facets of Christ’s existence. The acknowledgement of the existence of the earthly Jesus qualifies the appropriation of the exalted Christ. Likewise, the surety of the exalted Christ is identified by the reality of the earthly Jesus. Based on this point of view Paul regards the words of Jesus as absolutely authoritative. Paul’s Christology implies nothing other than an interpretation of Jesus’ life and death in the light of the resurrected and everpresent Lord.

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Historical Jesus Research; Pauls Views On Jesus As Man

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