This probe into Paul's theology argues that in his eschatological thinking there is a conceptual overlap between Jesus and God. As in several pseudepigraphical texts, there is in Paul a certain identification of the roles of God and the messianic figure. Especially in Paul's doctrines of the parousia and the final judgment this overlap features the Old Testament idea of the Day of the Lord Yahweh becoming transposed into the Day of the Lord Christ. In examining Paul's teaching on the messiah and the Kingdom, Kreitzer offers a penetrating analysis of how Paul balanced theocentricity and christocentricity within his eschatology, and how the theme of Christ's subordination to God is interjected into his doctrine.
Larry J Kreitzer is Tutor for Graduates and Tutor of New Testament at Regent's Park College, Oxford. He also holds a Research Lectureship within the Faculty of Theology in Oxford. He is the author of several books, including The Letter to the Ephesians (Epworth Commentary, 1997), Pauline Images in Fiction and Film (1999), and Gospel Images in Fiction and Film (2002).