By Jonathan T. Pennington, Sean M. McDonough
For first-century humans, cosmology used to be a basic a part of their worldview. no matter if it was once the thinker considering the perfection of the heavenly orbits, the farmer looking out the sky for indicators of while to plant his vegetation, or the desert-dwelling sectarian searching for the tip of the realm, the cosmos held an unending fascination and occupied a admired position of their knowing of lifestyles. for many old peoples, cosmology and theology have been inseparable. hence, whilst the Jewish and Christian Scriptural traditions start with the daring declare, "In the start God created the heavens and earth," those phrases make statements that are right away cosmogonic, cosmological, and theological. Scholarship has all started just recently to enquire extra absolutely some of the cosmological and cosmogonic traditions that have been present for the period of the previous and New Testaments. a lot of this paintings, besides the fact that, has eager about how OT conceptions of the realm in comparison to different historic close to japanese traditions. less has been performed at the cosmological traditions which stand in the back of the perspectives of the NT writers. Even fewer works have sought to attach cosmological perspectives with NT theology. In mild of the nice value that cosmology had in historical peoples' worldviews and theological figuring out, a radical research of this overlooked subject is so as. Cosmology and New testomony Theology systematically examines the NT files to teach how cosmological language and ideas tell, engage with, and give a contribution to the explicit theological emphases of a few of the NT books. In a few NT books, the significance of cosmology may be simply discerned, whereas in others what's required is a brand new and shut exam of key cosmological phrases (e.g., heaven, earth, global, construction) with a watch to the topics and theology of the ebook.
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See the survey of the variety of ancient cosmological theories in Edward Adams' essay in the present volume. 16. As E. C. Lucas observes, the biblical (and human) tendency is to articulate one's world view more clearly than one's cosmological view. The two are interrelated, though rarely does a biblical author clearly spell out the latter. E. C. Lucas, 'Cosmology', in Dictionary of the Old Testament: Pentateuch (Downers Grove, EL: Intervarsity Press, 2003), p. 131. 34 Cosmology and New Testament Theology M a t t h e w ' s c o s m o l o g i c a l l a n g u a g e a n d h o w it functions in h i s n a r r a t i v e r e v e a l s that t h e r e is i n d e e d a central r u b r i c that h o l d s t o g e t h e r b o t h h i s Weltbild Weltanschauung: and t h e t h e m e o f h e a v e n a n d earth.
32). M o r e frequently, h e a v e n is u s e d in its ' s p i r i t u a l ' s e n s e . W e find that G o d is t h e F a t h e r in h e a v e n ( 5 . 1 6 ; 6 . 17; 3. Of the 273 occurrences of oupavoc; in the NT, 82 are found in Matthew. This is far more than any other author, with the second being the book of Revelation with 52 occurrences. 4. In the NT we also find the later adjective eiroupavKx; 12 times in the Pauline corpus and 6 times in Hebrews. 5. For charts and fuller statistics on the use of heaven in Matthew, see J.
88. J. D. Tabor, Things Unutterable: Paul's Ascent to Paradise in its Greco-Roman, Judaic, and Early Christian Contexts (Lanham, MD: University Press of America), pp. 113-25, thinks Paul is working with the seven heavens scheme, but this seems less likely. 89. Cf. 17). 90. A. Yarbro Collins, 'The Seven Heavens in Jewish and Christian Apocalypses', in idem. Cosmology and Eschatology in Jewish and Christian Apocalypticism (JSJS 50; Leiden: Brill, 1996), pp. 21-54. 91. Fretheim, God and the World, pp.