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Tradisie-historiese probleme rondom 'versoening' by Paulus

C. Breytenbach
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 42, No 2 | a2151 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v42i2.2151 | © 1986 C. Breytenbach | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 07 January 1986 | Published: 07 January 1986

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C. Breytenbach,, South Africa

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Tradicio-historical problems on 'reconciliation' in Paul
In a short Afrikaans essay Breytenbach summerizes the findings of a recent investigation on the background of Paul's use of katallage (cf Cilliers Breytenbach, KATALLAGE: Eine Studie zur paulinischen Soteriologie, to appear in WMANT Neukirchener Verlag). The Pauline usage has its roots in the diplomatic language of the Hellenistic era. Paul the legatus or presbeús (2 Cor 5:20) uses this concept to explain his function of mediating God's message of reconciliation to man (2 Cor 5:18f). True to his general presuppositions, Paul re-interprets the profane concept of katallage by stating that the death of Christ 'for us' (2 Cor 5:14) made reconciliation possible (2 Cor 5:19; Rm 5:9f).


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