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Dr. Jim Sweeney's presentation during the 2010 theological summit at Winebrenner Theological Seminary

Dr. Jim Sweeney's presentation during the 2010 theological summit at Winebrenner Theological Seminary


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  • 1. Session Three: “The Christ as seen by the Epistle Writers” – Dr. James Sweeney
  • 2. Outline of Presentation <1> • Part 1: PRELIMINARY BACKGROUND DETAILS • Part 2: SOME SAMPLES OF CHRISTOLOGY REFLECTED IN THE NEW TESTAMENT LETTERS • Part 3: THE RELEVANCE OF NEW TESTAMENT CHRISTOLOGY FOR CONTEMPORARY CHRISTIANS • Part 4: THREE QUESTIONS FOR FURTHER THEOLOGICAL AND PRACTICAL REFLECTION
  • 3. Part One: PRELIMINARY BACKGROUND DETAILS <2> • Introduction • A Look at the Shape of New Testament Theology: What Does It Look Like? • A Look at the Meaning of New Testament Christology: What is It? • A Look at the Shape of New Testament Christology: Five Summary Points
  • 4. The Shape of New Testament Theology <3> • David Wenham: New Testament theology is “all about the divine mission to the world.” • The four “C”s of New Testament theology: (1) Context (2) Center (3) Community (4) Climax
  • 5. The Meaning of New Testament Christology <4> • The differing foci of scholarly approaches to NT Christology: • Some focus on Christ’s person • Others focus on Christ’s person & work • Still others focus on Christ’s person & significance
  • 6. The Meaning of New Testament Christology <5> • My preferred definition of Christology (because of the interrelated ways in which the NT authors speak of Christ): • “The diverse ways in which the New Testament authors present the person and work of Christ and their redemptive significance for their readers (and themselves).”
  • 7. Interrelation of Christ’s person, work & their redemptive significance <6> • Galatians 2:20, “I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.” • Person: “Christ,” “Son of God” • Work: “gave himself” (i.e. on the cross) • Redemptive significance: “Christ lives in me,” “loved me,” “gave himself for me”
  • 8. Interrelation of Christ’s person, work & their redemptive significance <7> • 2 Corinthians 8:9, “For you know the grace [gracious act, NAB] of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, so that you through his poverty might become rich.” • Person: “Lord Jesus Christ . . . was rich” • Work: “he became poor . . . through his poverty” (Incarnation implied) • Redemptive significance: “for your sakes,” “that you … might become rich”
  • 9. A Look at the Shape of New Testament Christology <8> • (1) It’s textually embodied in the NT writings • (2) It’s historical in context • (3) It has a narrative framework (or format) • (4) It’s theological in its content • (5) It’s diverse (variegated) in its modes of presentation
  • 10. The NT Writings in Overview <9> • Four Gospels: Matthew, Mark, Luke and John • One Early Church ‘history’: The Acts of the Apostles (Luke-Acts is a 2 vol. work of one author) • Twenty-one Letters: • Thirteen Pauline letters (Pauline Corpus) • Eight Catholic (or General) letters • One Prophetic-Apocalypse: Revelation (a prophecy in the form of a circular letter)
  • 11. Four prominent streams of cooperate apostolic mission and their influence on the origin of the NT writings <10> Pauline Mission (Paul) Petrine mission (Peter) Jacobean mission (James) Johan- nine mission (John) -Paul’s letters -Luke & Acts -Hebrews -1 & 2 Peter -Mark -James -Matthew -Jude -John -1, 2 & 3 John -Rev
  • 12. The NT Letters in Overview <11a> • Thirteen Pauline letters (organized according to length): • The Earlier Letters: Galatians, 1 & 2 Thessalonians, 1 & 2 Corinthians, & Romans • The Prison (or Captivity) Letters: Philippians, Colossians, Philemon, & Ephesians • The Pastoral Letters: 1 & 2 Timothy, Titus
  • 13. The NT Letters in Overview <11b> • Eight Catholic (or General) letters: Hebrews, James, 1 & 2 Peter, 1, 2 & 3 John, Jude • 1 Prophetic-Apocalypse: Revelation • Note that Revelation is a prophecy (1:3; 22:7, 10, 18–19) in the form of a circular letter (1:11; chs. 2–3), written in an apocalyptic style (1:1, 19)
  • 14. Ben Witherington’s take on the framework of Paul’s narrative thought world <12> • It exemplifies “four interrelated stories comprising one drama”: • (1) the story of the world gone wrong • (2) the story of Israel in the world • (3) the story of Christ • (4) the story of Christians • “Christ’s story is the hinge . . .”
  • 15. The Multifaceted Nature of the Christology Reflected through the Authors of the NT Letters <13a> • 1. Christology in the form of a re- articulation of Israel’s ancient confession of monotheism (the Shema‘ ) • 2. Christology in the form of a (pre- Pauline) summary of the content of gospel proclamation (kērygma) • 3. Christology reflected in early Christian confessional statements
  • 16. The Multifaceted Nature of the Christology Reflected through the Authors of the NT Letters <13b> • 4. Christology exemplified in examples of the content of early Christian worship • 5. Christology in the form of early Christian anticipation of the Parousia (Second Coming) • 6. Christology reflected in John the Seer’s vision of exalted worship in the heavenly court (Rev 5:2–10)
  • 17. The Multifaceted Nature of the Christology Reflected through the Authors of the NT Letters <13c> • 7. Christology exhibited in John the Seer’s vision of the victorious Christ (Christus victor) (Rev 19:11–16)
  • 18. Is New Testament Christology Actually Important? <14> J. J. Rousseau, 1712-1778 Rousseau’s Question to Ministers of the Gospel: • “Why did your God make these things happen so far off, if he would compel me to know about them?” (1762)
  • 19. R. N. Longenecker, ed., Contours of Christology in the New Testament <15> • “. . . we have prepared this volume with the hope that a more responsible treatment of Christology in the New Testament will prove to be of help to many earnest Christians who seek to think and live in a more Christian fashion, and thereby that it will have a positive impact on the church at large.” (p. vii; my underlining)