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Paul's comments regarding the new creation in 2 Cor 5:17 and Gal 6:15 have tended to be understood somewhat myopically. Some argue the phrase "new creation" solely refers to the inward transformation believers have experienced through faith in Jesus Christ. Others argue this phrase should be understood cosmologically and linked with Isaiah's "new heavens and new earth" Still others advocate an ecclesiological interpretation of this phrase that views Paul referring to the new community formed around Jesus Christ. In As It Was in the Beginning, Mark Owens argues that the concept of "new creation" should be understood (like the gospel) within the realm of Paul's anthropology, cosmology, and ecclesiology. At the same time, he also argues that Paul's understanding of new creation belongs within an Urzeit-Endzeit typological framework, especially within 2 Cor 5-6 and Eph 1-2. This reading of new creation attempts to give due weight to the use of Isaianic traditions in 2 Cor 5:17 and Eph 2:13, 17. Owens demonstrates that the vision of new creation in 2 Corinthians and Galatians is starkly similar to that of Ephesians.
Bible, Epistles of Paul, creation
Biblical Studies | Christianity | Religion | Religious Thought, Theology and Philosophy of Religion
About the Author
Dr. Mark Owens teaches New Testament and Bible minor courses in the School of Biblical and Theological Studies. Prior to serving at Cedarville, he taught for four years at Luther Rice College & Seminary. His Ph.D. research focused on Paul's conception of new creation in Galatians, 2 Corinthians, and Ephesians. His current research focuses on Paul's letter to the church in Ephesus. He is also interested in biblical theology and the theological interpretation of Scripture. Throughout his teaching, he seeks to help students wrestle with the biblical text within the larger canonical framework and appreciate the relevance of the biblical text for the life of the Church.
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Owens, Mark D., "As It Was in the Beginning: An Intertextual Analysis of New Creation in Galatians, 2 Corinthians, and Ephesians" (2015). Faculty Books. 193.