Chapter Seven: Summary and Conclusions
C H A P T E R S E V E N Summary and Conclusions 7.1. Concluding Statements At the beginning of this study, I proposed the hypothesis that the concept of wor- ship in Paul is a composite and comprehensive one, involving a personal religious relationship between the worshipper and God. This relationship is communicated and established by various actions or levels of action. I also included in my hy- pothesis the idea that worship in Paul seems to be related in one way or another to the presence of the risen Jesus in the worshipping faith communities. Since Paul is our earliest NT writer, a study on the origins of Christian worship must begin with Paul as our earliest source. I proceeded to address the problem that the subject of worship in Paul’s writings is one which has been given little attention, a point which has been recognized by a number of Pauline scholars.1 The subject of worship is usually approached from a very broad and general perspective which involves approaching it as a standard concept in the NT, at least when it is ap- proached using only the English word worship. This has tended to lead readers in the direction of assuming that “worship” was a standard concept that was shared by writers like Paul. One of the problems I addressed is the tendency among scholars to explain worship instead of defining it. Neyrey has noted this problem: “Most biblical scholars interested in this topic tend to...
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