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Soma in Biblical Theology: With Emphasis on Pauline Anthropology [Paperback]

By Robert H. Gundry (Author)
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Pages   288
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.51" Width: 5.53" Height: 0.81"
Weight:   0.95 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jan 31, 1988
Publisher   Zondervan Publishing
ISBN  0310254515  
EAN  9780310254515  

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Professor Gundry answers questions about what "soma" means and how its definition affects other theological questions. This is a Lightning Source, Inc. print-on-demand title and can be ordered only from Spring Arbor Distributors by calling 800-395-5599. International Customers please call 615-793-5000 ext. 24882 or fax at 615-213-5720.

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Theologians have argued that the translation of the word soma as 'person' defines man as an indivisible whole and as a complex of relationships rather than an organization of substances. Against the trends of modern biblical theology, Dr Gundry seeks to show that soma always refers to the individual physical body and that it should be defined in substantive categories.

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Robert H. Gundry (PhD, Manchester) is a scholar-in-residence and professor emeritus of New Testament and Greek at Westmont College in Santa Barbara, California. Among his books are Mark: A Commentary on His Apology for the Cross; Matthew: A Commentary on His Handbook for a Mixed Church Under Persecution, Soma in Biblical Theology, and Jesus the Word According to John the Sectarian.

Robert H. Gundry currently resides in Santa Barbara, in the state of California.

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Older book, but valuable and one that is still convincing.  May 15, 2010
Gundry tackles Bultmann's existential reading of 'soma' and finds it...wanting. Okay, just plain wrong.

Bultmann, who cast such a long shadow in biblical studies, had been heavily under the influence of existentialism. Like far too many biblical scholars, Bultmann mistook the current fads of his day for the historical Jesus. In light of this, he called those who had translated 'soma' in its most obvious meaning--a physical body--naive.

Of course, most of Bultmann's theories are now refuted or under attack.

Gundry's investigation into soma is very thorough. It is difficult to imagine how anyone could marshal a defense of Bultmann's interpretation after reading this book.

After long investigation, Gundry points out that "within Pauline passages...soma denotes the physical body, roughly synonymous with 'flesh'" (p 50).

Bultmann, Gundry points out, talks about how sin is nothing but self estrangement. "Self integration constitutes authentic existence; self-estrangement constitutes inauthentic existence. Again, Heideggerian forms of thought...rise to the surface" (p 205). It is hard not to smile at existential concepts mashed onto early Christian thought.

There was an idea current in the ancient world which placed evil wholly in the body, an idea which later influenced some Gnostic philosophical schools. But "The Pauline answer is to locate evil throughout the whole man, willing spirit and acting body alike" (p 216).

A rewarding book to pick up.

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