Eating And Drinking In The Resurrection Body -- By: F. S. Mulder

Journal: Tyndale Bulletin
Volume: TYNBUL 67:2 (NA 2016)
Article: Eating And Drinking In The Resurrection Body
Author: F. S. Mulder

Eating And Drinking In The Resurrection Body1

F. S. Mulder


This thesis tests the claims that a reception history approach within New Testament studies can assist in i) evaluating and judging interpretations; ii) identifying unresolved problems; iii) asking fresh, new, penetrating questions, and ultimately; iv) providing the materials that help us journey on the continuous quest for theological truth.

Focussing on a number of passages in the NT dealing with the resurrection of Jesus and believers, which have been the source of much disagreement throughout church history, we are guided by four research questions.

Main Research Question: Can a new reception history spanning from the early church until modern times contribute towards better understanding and providing new insights into debates over pluriformity and coherence in relation to the resurrection of Jesus and believers in Paul and the canonical Easter narratives?

Sub-Question A: Can such a reception history assist in identifying significant and previously unnoticed problems?

Sub-Question B: Can an extensive reception history of these problems help us better understand and interpret them?

Sub-Question C: Can reception history assist in addressing these issues in a problem-orientated exegetical study?

We follow three different angles to reception history that make up Part I, II, and III respectively. Part I deals with the main research question and sub-question A. Part II addresses sub-question B, and Part III sub-question C.

In Part I, we provide a new reception history of pluriformity and coherence in relation to debates over the resurrection of Jesus from the

early church to modern times, focussing in on a cluster of canonical Easter texts emphasising the bodily nature of the resurrection of Jesus (e.g. Matt. 28:9; Luke 24:39; John 20:20–27) and also contested Pauline texts such as 1 Cor. 15:4, 37, 44, and 50. We identify a number of possibly better understandings and new insights. In addition to pluriformity between the four Easter narratives and Paul, there are some key points of coherence in the midst of their differences.


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