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Only the Third Heaven?

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Offers a fresh appraisal of the ascent of Christ to the third heaven in 2 Corinthians 12, proposing that it records a failed, not a successful, ascent into heaven.>


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Offers a fresh appraisal of the ascent of Christ to the third heaven in 2 Corinthians 12, proposing that it records a failed, not a successful, ascent into heaven.>
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In Chapter 1 Paula Gooder discusses the problems of interpreting this text and looks at the major debates of its past interpreters. The most popular modern approach is to compare it with other texts of ascent in the Judaeo-Christian tradition, yet even a brief examination of these texts indicate that differences are present. In the remainder of the book Gooder evaluates the extent and significance of these differences. Part One consists of a detailed consideration of a range of texts which superficially seem closest to 2 Corinthians 12. Chapter 2 presents a history of scholarship on heavenly ascent. Chapters 3 to 8 each examine a text of ascent from a different period and background in the Judaeo-Christian tradition. Chapter 9 draws out the points of similarity between these texts. Part Two considers the text of 2 Corinthians 12:1-10 in the light of the findings of Part One. In the detailed examination of the Pauline ascent in chapter 10, the extent of the differences between this text and the texts examined in Part One becomes clear. Chapter 11 proposes a new interpretation of the account of ascent, arguing that it reports a failed ascent into heaven. The chapter shows that this interpretation makes sense not only of 2 Corinthians 12:1-10 itself but also of chapters 10-13 which surround it. The account is one more example of weakness from the apostle in which he proves that weakness, not strength, is the sign of a true apostle. >

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PRODUCT DETAIL
  • Catalogue Code 271075
  • Product Code 9780567042446
  • ISBN 0567042448
  • EAN 9780567042446
  • Pages 256
  • Department Academic
  • Category Biblical Studies
  • Sub-Category New Testament
  • Publisher T&t Clark
  • Publication Date Oct 2006
  • Dimensions 254 x 152 x 25mm
  • Weight 0.255kg

Paula Gooder

Paula Gooder (D.Phil., University of Oxford) is a part-time tutor at the Queens Foundation for Ecumenical Theological Education in Birmingham and a freelance writer and lecturer on the Bible.


She is the author of many books including The Pentateuch (Continuum, 2000); This Risen Existence. The Spirit of Easter (Canterbury Press, 2009); A Way Through the Wilderness. God's Help in a Time of Crisis (Church House Publishing, 2009); Only The Third Heaven? 2 Corinthians 12.1-10 and Heavenly Ascent (T&T Clark, 2006); Hosea-Micah (The People's Bible Commentary; BRF, 2005) and co-author with Dr Peter Kevern of Exploring New Testament Greek (SCM Press, 2004)


She also is Canon Theologian of Birmingham Cathedral, Visiting lecturer at King's College, London, Associate lecturer at St Mellitus College, London, an Honorary Lecturer at the University of Birmingham and Senior Research Scholar at the Queen's Foundation, Birmingham. She is a Reader in the Church of England and a member of General Synod.
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  • Chapter 1; General Introduction; Part 1: Texts Of Heavenly Ascent; Chapter 2; Introduction: Heavenly Ascent Texts: A History Of Scholarship; Chapter 3; Jewish Apocalyptic Texts Pre-70 Ad; Chapter 4; Jewish Apocalyptic Texts Post-70 Ad. Chapter 5; The New Testament; Chapter 6; Post-biblical Early Christian Apocalypses; Chapter 7; The Nag Hammadi Codices; Chapter 8; The Hekhalot Literature; Chapter 9; Conclusions To Part One; Part 2: 2 Corinthians 12:1-10 And Heavenly Ascent; Chapter 10; 2 Corinthians 12: 1-10 As A Heavenly Ascent; Chapter 11; 2 Corinthians 12.1-10 As A Subversion Of The Heavenly Ascent; Chapter 12; General Conclusions.

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