Glory in the Letter of Paul to the Romans: purity, honor and eschatology
Jackson, Walter Daniel
This thesis examines the theme of glory, signified by the Greek δόξα and cognates, in the Letter of Paul to the Romans. I argue that the language of glory of God in Romans 1-5 should be understood in view of the conceptual connection of glory with cultic purity and divine presence. This reading draws from the description of purity, sacrifice, and temple in early Judaism and Christianity as represented in the work of Jacob Milgrom and Jonathan Klawans. I argue, further, that glory in Romans 8 should be understood in terms of the eschatological experience of divine presence and transformation into glory in divine presence. The glorification of the body in Romans 8 represents the final reversal of the “dishonoring” of bodies presented in Rom 1:18-32. Additionally, I argue that Paul’s references to glory to/glorifying God should be understood in terms of the convention of honor to the divine on account of benefaction. Our study has implications for understanding Paul’s soteriology and his concept of God.