The very essence of the existential relationship between the human
and the divine is communicated by the English word, `worship'.
Although the word appears to carry a univocal meaning in English,
no such word per se exists in the Greek New Testament. The English
word at best explains but does not adequately and completely define
the dynamics involved in the relationship between humanity and God.
Worship and the Risen Jesus in the Pauline Letters approaches the
subject of Christian worship in respect to its origins from the
perspective of the earliest New Testament writer: Paul. This book
seeks to address the relative absence in scholarship of a full
treatment of worship in the Pauline Letters. Closely related to the
theme of Christian worship in the Pauline Letters is the person of
the risen Jesus and the place he occupies in the faith community.
This work proposes a proper working definition of, including
criteria for, `worship'. Paul employed an array of Greek words as
descriptors to communicate the various nuances and dimensions
related to one's relationship with God. `Worship' also functioned
for Paul as a boundary marker between believers and unbelievers
vis-a-vis baptism and the Eucharist. The eschatological and
teleological aspects of worship are also examined through a study
of the Carmen Christi (Phil 2: 6-11). This study maintains that
worship in Paul is not defined by any one word but is rather a
composite and comprehensive personal religious relationship between
the worshipper and God.
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