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Powers That Be: Earthly Rulers and Demonic Powers in Romans 13.1-7 (Clinton D Morrison) Paperback Book, (Wipf and Stock, 2009) 9781608990252
Powers That Be: Earthly Rulers and Demonic Powers in Romans 13.1-7 (Clinton D Morrison) Paperback Book, (Wipf and Stock, 2009) 9781608990252
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Title: The Powers That Be: Earthly Rulers and Demonic Powers in Romans 13.1-7

Author: Morrison, Clinton D

Publisher: Wipf and Stock; Publication Date: 2009

Paperback; ISBN: 9781608990252

Volumes: 1; Pages: 144

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Table of Contents Preface 8 Abbreviations 9 Introduction: An old problem and a new solution 11 The Problem 11 A new solution is proposed 13 The plan of Part One of this essay 14 Part 1 A History and Evaluation of Recent Interpretation of Romans 13.1-7 I A Positive Contribution 17 The Jewish background of Paul's view of the spirit world 17 Paul's basic frame of reference 17 The spirit world of Judaism 18 Paul's use of an old concept 21 The place of the angelic powers in early Christian thought 21 The place of the spirit world in Paul's view of the State 22 I Corinthians 2.6 ff 23 I Corinthians 6.1 ff 23 Romans 13.1-7 25 The linguistic argument 25 The psychological argument 27 The theological argument 28 1. The theological context of the proposed exegesis 28 2. The State in redemptive history: Christ and the powers 29 a The Christ-event and the present period 30 b Servants in the Kingdom of Christ 32 c The rule and servants of Christ in the light of eschatology 34 d The contest of creation 35 3. The State in early Christian thought: a summary 36 II The Negative Reaction 40 Criticism of the new thesis on linguistic grounds 41 Criticism on exegetical grounds 44 Criticism on historical grounds 49 Criticism on dogmatic grounds 51 III An Evaluation and Prospect 55 The common ground of agreement 55 Unresolved differences 56 1. Linguistic 57 2. Historical 58 3. Exegetical 59 4. Theological 61 Part 2 An Exegetical Contribution to the Interpretation of Romans 13.1-7 IV To the Romans 63 Communication and exegesis 63 The Graeco-Roman conception of the State in the Cosmos 68 The State and the Hellenistic spirit 69 The background of the Graeco-Roman concept of the State in the Cosmos 70 The Near Eastern background 70 The Greek background 73 Main currents in the Graeco-Roman period 75 Power in the Graeco-Roman period 75 Astrology in the Graeco-Roman period 77 Monotheism in the Graeco-Roman period 80 The concept of daimones in the Graeco-Roman period 83 The divinity of the emperor 90 Hellenistic Judaism 93 The writer and the readers of the epistle 100 V The Powers That Be 102 The point of departure and the concluding problem 102 Romans 13.1-7 104 Introductory questions 104 What Paul was 'imparting' 106 Elements in communication 109 1. 'The governing authorities' (exousiai) 109 2. The appointed servants and ministers 111 3. 'By God' 112 4. 'Be subject' 113 The theological context of the communication 114 Christ and the exousiai 114 The Christian and the exousiai 122 1. Christian subjection as relationship in faith 123 2. Subjection for conscience' sake 124 3. Christian freedom from the exousiai 127 Epilogue 130 Appendix A Concerning the Ruler-Cult 131 Oriental and Greek aspects 131 'Deification' of the ruler 132 The fanatics 133 Qualifications 133 Titles and proskynests 134 Appendix B Bibliography to the Question of Jews in Rome in the Graeco-Roman Period 137 Appendix C Some Negative Consequences 138 Index of authors 140 Index of biblical references 142
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