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Title: Angels and Principalities: The Background, Meaning and Development of the Pauline Phrase hai archai kai hai exousiai
Author: Carr, A Wesley
Publisher: Cambridge University Press; Publication Date: 2005
Paperback; ISBN: 9780521018753
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St Paul and his contemporaries--so runs a commonly accepted scholarly opinion--inhabited a world believed to be dominated by hostile superhuman powers, of whom Jews and Gentiles alike liked in fear. Dr Carr challenges this widespread assumption by means of a detailed examination of various kinds of evidence. First there is the New Testament itself. The general Mediterranean cultural background of the first century is also important, and the author looks at evidence from the early Church Fathers and gnostic material. He concludes that the notion of mighty forces of evil ranged against man was not part of the earliest Christian understanding of the world and the gospel. His argument has special significance in the light of the belief that a present-day interpretation may be given to the idea of hostile powers and their conquest by Christ, thus supporting political, social and ethical thinking within the Christian Church.ContentsPrefaceAbbreviationsGeneral introductionPart I. The Background to Paul's Thought on the Powers1. The environment in which Paul worked2. The powers in Jewish and pagan thoughtPart II. Exegesis of Pauline Texts3. The powers and Christ triumphant4. The powers and the spiritual world5. The powers and the political worldPart III. The Post-Pauline Development6. Texts within the New Testament7. Ignatius of Antioch8. The angelomorphic Christology of early Jewish Christianity9. The Greek apologists10. Clement of Alexandria11. The influence of gnosticism12. OrigenPart IV. Final RemarksNotesSelect bibliographyIndex.