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Reflective perspectives on Paul

Andries G. van Aarde
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 74, No 4 | a5248 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v74i4.5248 | © 2018 Andries G. van Aarde | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 30 August 2018 | Published: 31 October 2018

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Andries G. van Aarde, Department of New Testament Studies, Faculty of Theology and Religion, University of Pretoria, South Africa

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The article explores various aspects of understanding Paul. It focuses on his use of the expression ‘the gospel of God’ as the ‘good news’ that originates with God (a subjective genitive) and one that is about God (an objective genitive). The article argues that the cross and resurrection constitute the core of Paul’s message and that this message demands a new ethos because of the ‘dying and rising’ in participation with Christ Jesus. For Paul, the messianic era had already commenced. In Paul’s point of view, the heart of the gospel was the announcement of a historical happening, namely the crucifixion of the historical Jesus which is connected to another ‘event’, namely the resurrection of Jesus, which does not qualify as history. For Paul, faith is engagement with the kerygma, and not a kind of loyalty to inherited religious customs. Faith implies undivided loyalty, a personal decision and commitment to believe what is proclaimed.


Paul; kerygma; faith; reconciliation; historical Jesus; cross and resurrection; ethos


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