Abstracts Of Recent Wts Doctoral Dissertations -- By: Anonymous
WTJ 80:2 (Fall 2018) p. 355
Abstracts Of Recent
Wts Doctoral Dissertations
The Exile of Adam in Romans:
The Reversal of the Curse against Adam and Israel in the Substructure of Romans 5–8
David P. Barry
This doctoral dissertation is an investigation of Paul’s use of the meta-narrative of exile and restoration in Rom 5–8. It examines the relationship between the Adam-motif, on the one hand, and Pauline allusions to promises of Israel’s restoration from exile, on the other. After demonstrating the presence of the exile motif in the NT, it outlines the methodology as an investigation of Pauline allusions to the OT. Next, it introduces the modern debate over the continuity of Israel’s exile, Second Temple perspectives on restoration, and their precedent in the OT. It then discusses the relationship between Adam and Israel, the link between the loss of Eden and of Canaan, and the presence of the Adam-motif in Romans. The remainder of the study examines the overlap of Adam and Israel themes in Rom 5, 8 with the notion of restoration. It concludes that Paul views Israel and Judah’s respective exiles to Assyria and Babylon inclusively with the exile of Adam. He employs restoration prophecies (e.g., Ezek 36:22–37:14) which were apparently given with reference to OT Israel, but the scope of fulfillment goes beyond the ethnic boundary to include the spiritual children of Abraham: Jew and Gentile. Together, this new people of God is already spiritually restored to God’s presence by faith, and will be bodily brought into God’s presence in glory.
WTJ 80:2 (Fall 2018) p. 356
The Use of Jeremiah in the Book of Revelation
Matthew Allen Dudreck
The primary aim of this study is to fill a lacuna in the scholarly literature on the use of the OT in Revelation. Research on the use of the OT in Revelation has focused on several key books (e.g., Isaiah, Daniel, Zechariah, Psalms, Ezekiel, Exodus). This study focuses on the use of Jeremiah in Revelation and investigates to what extent John alludes to Jeremiah in Revelation, what textual forms of Jeremiah John employed and whether he had a clear preference, what purpose(s) John pursued in alluding to Jeremiah in Revelation, what interpretive methods or logic he employed in appropriating them, and finally, whether John’s use of Jeremiah generally sought to develop the contextual meaning of the texts he employed.
This study seeks to answer the above questions by pursuing two main objectives: (1) to determine the validity of each potential allusion to Jeremiah presented, and (2) to assess the interpretive use and theological import of each highly likely and probable allusion to Jeremiah. In conversation with a representative selection of previous research, this study a...
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