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The intermediate state in Paul

N. S. L. Fryer
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 43, No 3 | a2261 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v43i3.2261 | © 1987 N. S. L. Fryer | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 08 January 1987 | Published: 08 January 1987

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Abstract

The point of view taken in this paper is that the apostle Paul envisions, between death and the resurrection of the body at the Parousia, an interim period during which the disembodied soul is in the immediate presence of Christ, though in a state of 'nakedness'. The background of Paul's view lies neither in contemporary Hellenistic religious-philosophical speculations nor in 'late-Judaism'. Two crucial 'forces' in particular moulded his perspective, viz the teachings of Jesus and His own rapture to 'Paradise'.

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