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The End of the Age Has Come: The Theology of Paul [Paperback]

By C. Marvin Pate (Author) & Marvin Pate (Author)
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The Christian, according to the apostle Paul, lives between two times. The end is already present with Christ's death and resurrection, but the end is yet to come with his second appearing. Following the seminal work of Oscar Cullmann, Marvin Pate argues that this "already/not yet" eschatological tension lies at the heart of all writings of the apostle Paul and is, in fact, the key to understanding them.

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Studio: Zondervan
Pages   256
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.58" Width: 5.52" Height: 0.66"
Weight:   0.6 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Feb 21, 1995
Publisher   Zondervan Publishing
ISBN  0310383013  
ISBN13  9780310383017  

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! C. Marvin Pate (PhD, Marquette University) is chair of the department of Christian theology, Elma Cobb Professor of Christian Theology at Ouachita Baptist University, and pastor of DeGray Baptist Church. He's the author, coauthor, or editor of many books, including The Writings of John, The Story of Israel, and The End of the Age Has Come: The Theology of Paul.

Mark L. Strauss (PhD, University of Aberdeen) is professor of New Testament at Bethel Seminary San Diego. He is the author or editor of many books and articles, including How to Read the Bible in Changing Times, Four Portraits, and One Jesus: An Introduction to Jesus and the Gospels.

John H. Walton (PhD, Hebrew Union College) is professor of Old Testament at Wheaton College. He is the author or editor of numerous books, including A Survey of the Old Testament, Old Testament Today, Ancient Near Eastern Thought and the Old Testament, and The IVP Bible Background Commentary: Old Testament.

C. Marvin Pate currently resides in the state of Arkansas. C. Marvin Pate was born in 1952.

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Thorough, Foundational to Progressive Dispensationalism  Jul 10, 2006
C. Marvin Pate is a top-notch theologian who writes with a clear and understandable style. Pate argues the Apostle Paul believed that, beginning with the death, burial, resurrection, and ascension of Christ (aka "The Christ Event"), the Messianic Age was initiated (in one sense). In another sense, aspects of this Age are yet future (in a literal millennium).

According to Pate, Paul held that we (those of us who make up the Body of Christ from Pentecost forward) are in the intersection between two ages; the future Kingdom blessings are breaking forth and being realized by believers right now (and for all Christians since the Christ Event). We are under the New Covenant, Satan's kingdom is being assaulted, and we are in the Age of the Spirit.

Pate then examines Paul's theology as a whole, carefully presenting the flow of Paul's thoughts as evidenced in his writings. In each major theological area, according to Pate, Paul evidences that certain aspects of the Kingdom Age are being experienced "now," while others,"not yet."

Pate is a scholar who evidences his fluency in the literature of Second Temple Judaism. He is at home in the Talmud, the Dead Sea Scrolls, the Apocrypha, etc.

After the first few chapters, however, Pate's point is well made.
He demonstrates how this viewpoint affects all of Paul's theology -- something Pate no doubt felt constrained to do to be thorough. It does become a bit tedious at times because of this, yet I think Pate made the right choice. After the first few chapters -- in my case -- he was preaching to the choir.

Nonetheless, Pate does an excellent job explaining that the "church age" is indeed a fulfillment of Old Testament promises, but the "age to come" (i.e., millennium) will see a more literal and fuller fulfillment. Good stuff. And, in my view, quite convincing. The "now but not yet" paradigm and Paul seem a perfect match.

This is an important book in the hermeneutical dialogue between traditional dispensationalists, progressive dispensationalists (like Pate and this reviewer), and replacement theologians.
Good book, but not quite  Mar 31, 2003
Pate discusses the tention of Christians living during the transition of two ages. Pate's treatment of the "already, not yet" theology of Paul is quite comprehensive and is a nice treatment of the subject. He clearly lays out the case that Paul's generation existed in the overlap period between two ages. But, he assumes that we are in that state as well. Unfortunately, Pate ignores that Christ said that "the end of the age" would come at the destruction of the temple (Matt 24, Mark 13, Luke 21). So his conclusions are based on the omission of this fact. Additionally, despite recognizing that Paul wrote that end of the age was near, Pate zips right on buy this important tidbit.

So if you can traslate in your mind that the "age to come" was consumated when the old covenant age ended (AD70) you'll do well. This book does great job at explaining Pauline theology and the tention of two ages in which the writters of the new testament lived. It unfortunately makes the leap of assuming that modern Christians are in the same boat. 5 stars for clearity and exposition. 0 stars for failing to adequately support his foundaition with scripture.

Buy this book for a summary of Paul's eschatology. Don't buy this book if you want to understand your place in God's redemptive plan. See David Chilton's "Paradise Restored."


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