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The Social and Corporate Dimensions of Paul’s Anthropological Terms in the Light of Discourse Analysis

Chen, Sunny (2013) The Social and Corporate Dimensions of Paul’s Anthropological Terms in the Light of Discourse Analysis. Doctor of Philosophy thesis, UNSPECIFIED.

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    This thesis examines Paul’s anthropological terms, σῶμα, ψυχή, πνεῦμα, and καρδία, using aspects of the method of discourse analysis. It argues these terms often connote social and corporate dimensions of the human person, pointing to communal relationship, social identity, and corporate unity. Although not every single occurrence of these terms carries a corporate and relational reference, many occurrences form a coherent thematic meaning and point in that direction. This thesis casts doubt on the grammatical category of the ‘distributive singular’, preferring to read key texts as examples of Paul’s relational anthropology. It indicates that Paul’s anthropology shows less concern for the ontological nature of the human person. Instead, he uses anthropological terms to focus on the place of the human person within the ecclesial community. This thesis therefore proposes that reflection on the nature and identity of the human person should take the notions of communal relationship and social identity into serious consideration.

    Item Type: Theses (Doctor of Philosophy)
    Repository Version: Author's Final Manuscript
    Keywords (separated by commas): Paul, Anthropological Terms, Body, Soul, Spirit, Heart, Community, Communal, Corporate, Relational, Social, Discourse Analysis, Thematic Meaning, Distributive Singular, σῶμα, ψυχή, πνεῦμα, καρδία
    Fields of Research: 22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2204 Religion and Religious Studies > 220401 Christian Studies (incl. Biblical Studies and Church History)
    Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970122 Expanding Knowledge in Philosophy and Religious Studies
    Type of Activity: Pure Basic Research
    Subject Area(s): B - Biblical Studies, general
    Association with University of Divinity: UFT-UCTC: United Faculty of Theology - Uniting Church Theological College
    Depositing User: Dr Suman Kashyap
    Date Deposited: 27 Mar 2014 11:01
    Last Modified: 27 Mar 2014 11:01
    URI: http://repository.divinity.edu.au/id/eprint/1345

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