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The «Pauline» Spirit World in Eph 3:10 in the Context of Igbo World View

A Psychological-Hermeneutical Appraisal


John C. Madubuko

Eph 3:10 (Principalities and Authorities in the Heavenly Places) articulates the related cluster of terms that express the «Pauline» spirit world in Ephesians’. Through a psychological-hermeneutical study, this book contributes to provide a theologically-founded response to the immense challenges the spirit world apprehensions among the Igbo (Africans), pose to true discipleship in these settings. Identifying the strongly influential role played here by the Igbo traditional religion/world view(s) and the foundation of these biblical terms in the attempts at Weltbewältigung, the book highlights how proper appreciation of the Christological paraenetics of Eph enhances critical consciousness and cognitive reconstruction towards mature faith and societal betterment.
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Chapter Eight: Eph 3:10 in Igbo context


8.1 The Bible in Igbo (African) Context: a historical and critical appraisal

From the basic Christian (catholic) understanding of the Bible as the Word of God in human presentation (DV 9,11,24, CCC. 101–141),979 an understanding that developed from the criteria and process of canonisation,980 the Bible is seen as primarily concerned with the history of salvation Heilsgeschichte. Its subject matter is the acts of God for human salvation. These actions that became manifest in his encounter with the people of Israel, in the various stages of their history, are seen as definitively realized in God’s revelation of himself in the person ← 391 | 392 → and work of Jesus Christ. The church sees its vocation in the missionary commission to continue this work till the end of time (Mt 28:19parr., AG 2,9). While the former – God’s encounter with the people of Israel – is termed Old Testament, the latter – attestations of God’s revelation of himself in Jesus Christ – is given the name New Testament. The relationship between them is underlined by the understanding that the Old Testament is to be read and interpreted from the point of view of God’s revelation of himself in his Son, Jesus Christ (2 Cor 3: 7–18; Lk 24:25–27,44–48; Heb 1:1ff; 1 Pet 1:12).

From the inherited and strongly-held authority of the Holy Scriptures of Judaism, the authority it took-on through the above mentioned criteria and process of...

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