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The Whole of Paul & the Whole in His Theology
Theological Interpretation in Relational Epistemic Process

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Chapter 1  A Necessary Introduction to Paul

Critical Underlying Problem to Address

Related Issues in Hermeneutical Impasse, Flow and Outcomes

A Necessary Approach to Paul

Doing Theology

The Basis for Certain Assumptions




Chapter 2  Paul's Journey Begins and Emerges

The Journey Begins

The Journey Emerges

Whom Paul Encountered

The Nature of the Interaction

Paul's Response to the Embodied Word


Chapter 3  Development in Paul's Journey

Paul's Antecedents and Sources

Knowing Christ and 'in Christ'

Paul's Transition to Apostle (for the Whole of Humanity)

Paul's Thought

Paul's Gospel


Chapter 4  Paul's Journey Matures

The Whole of Paul and His Witness

The Whole in Paul and His Theology




Chapter 5  The Theological Paul

The Subject of Theology

The Purpose of Theology

Interpreting Paul's Theology


Chapter 6  Paul's Theological Systemic Framework

Cosmology and God

Anthropology and God

The Roots

The Heart

The Function

Theology of Wholeness


Chapter 7  Paul's Theological Forest - Part 1

Theological Forest Defined

Sine Qua Non for the Forest

The Forest Enacted

The Forest Embodied

Paul's Pleroma Christology

Pleroma Christology Completed


Chapter 8  Paul's Theological Forest - Part 2

Pleroma Soteriology

Pleroma Soteriology Completed

Theology of Belonging

Theology of Ontological Identity


Chapter 9  Paul's Theological Forest - Part 3

Pleroma Pneumatology

Participating in God's Life

Ecclesiology of the Whole

Pauline Development

The Roots of Ekklesia

Paul's Pleroma Ecclesiology

Its Functional Basis

Its Ontology and Function of the Church

Its Functional Significance

Its Functional Imperatives and Implications


Chapter 10  The Church Alive in Wholeness

The Church on the Offensive

Leadership in the New Creation

The Church in Love

The Church in the New Relational Order

The Church as Equalizer from the Inner Out

The Church in its Own Difference




Chapter 11  Supplemental Theological Notes


Eleven Interrelated Questions in Paul's Theology


1.  How important is continuity and discontinuity in Paul?

2.  Is reductionism a straw man in Paul's polemic which becomes reified as his discourse


3.  How much of Paul's claim to have received direct revelation from God can be factored in to

        make definitive the whole in his theology, the development of which goes both further than 

        Judaism and even deeper than the Jesus tradition?

4.  How important was methodology to Paul's theology?

5.  What was the nature of Paul's faith-response to God's revelation and how did it differ from

        OT faith? Was Paul's view of faith (including for justification) any different than James'


6.  How did Paul see works and what did he mean by doing good, good works?

7.  As a Jew and a Christian, what was Paul's understanding of God's people?

8.  As a Jew and a Christian and an adopted son, to what extent did change need to take effect

        'already' for his theology to be functional?

9.  Since the influence of reduced human ontology and function limits this relational outcome,

        what was Paul's position on religio-cultural and sociocultural practices which may appear

        to be problematic, or not?

10. Given Paul's emphasis on the relational outcome 'already' of God's relational response to

        the human condition, how is Paul's discourse on slaves congruent with this relational

        outcome, and his directives for them compatible with its function in transformed

        relationships together?

11. Equally important, if not more, how are Paul's new creation view of women and his

        prescriptions for them in agreement, and how are his directives compatible for the

        relational outcome of God's new creation family?


A twelfth question for all of Paul's readers



Chapter 12  Additional Textual Notes


Scripture Index (Primary Source)


Bibliography (Secondary Source)


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