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The personal presence of Jesus in the writings of Paul

Abstract: For Paul, where is Jesus now? The Apostle's Christ-mysticism provides one important clue to his sense of continued personal presence, but this coexists with an important eschatological dialectic that involves absence as much as presence. Moreoever, straightforward sublimation in terms of the Holy Spirit in no way exhausts the register of Jesus' personal presence for Paul, which also finds specific application in repeated visionary experiences, as well as in the church gathered for worship, baptism, and eucharist. The dialectic of absence and presence appears on the one hand personally attuned in the assurance of Paul's Jesus that 'My grace is sufficient for you' (2 Cor 12:7), but it is also eschatologically and spatially articulated in the promise that 'the Lord is near' (Phil 4:5).

Publication status:PublishedPeer Review status:Peer reviewedVersion:Accepted manuscriptNotes:This is the author accepted manuscript following peer review version of the article. The final version is available online from Cambridge University Press (CUP) at:

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Publisher: Cambridge University Press (CUP)

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Journal: Scottish Journal of Theologysee more from them

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Volume: 70

Extent: 39-60

Issue Date: 2017-02-03



Eissn: 1475-3065

Issn: 0036-9306

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Pubs-id: pubs:681869 Item Description

Type: journal-article;

Version: Accepted manuscriptKeywords: absence Christ-mysticism Jesus Paul participation presence


Author: Bockmuehl, M - institutionUniversity of Oxford facultyOxford, HUM, Theology Faculty, Theology and Religion Faculty oxfordCollegeK



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