The Apostle Paul has instructed us that as Christians we live between two times. We know that the end is already present with Christ's death and resurrection, yet the end is still to come with his second appearing. Marvin Pate argues that this "already/not yet" eschatological tension lies at the heart of all of Paul's writings and essentially functions as the key to our understanding them.
Pate traces the concept of the "already/not yet" back to its Jewish roots and shows with exceptional clarity how Paul's teachings on God, Christ, humanity, salvation, the Holy Spirit and the eschaton can be successfully placed within this "already/not yet" framework.
The Christian, according to the apostle Paul, lives between two times. The end is already present with Christ's death and resurrection, but the end is yet to come with his second appearing. Following the seminal work of Oscar Cullmann, Marvin Pate argues that this 'already/not yet' eschatological tension lies at the heart of all writings of the apostle Paul and is, in fact, the key to understanding them. Pate traces the concept of 'already/not yet' back to its Jewish roots and shows with exceptional clarity how Paul's teachings on God, Christ, human beings, salvation, the Holy Spirit, the church society, and the last things can be successfully placed within this 'already/not yet' framework. In his analysis, Pate exegetes numerous key passages in the Pauline letters.
C. Marvin Pate (MA, Wheaton; PhD, Marquette University) taught for thirteen years at Moody Bible Institute. Now he is chair of the department of Christian theology and professor of theology at Ouachita Baptist University. Pate has authored, co-authored, or edited twenty books. SPANISH BIO: C. Marvin Pate, profesor del Nuevo Testamento en Ouachita Baptista Universidad. El ha escrito y co-escrito numerosos libros. El y su esposa Sherry viven serca de Arkadelphia, Arkansas. Ellos tienen una hija.
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