This paper discusses Otto Pfleiderer’s interpretation of the Letter to the Colossians in his Paulinismus. The cosmological-historical valence that Paul gives to Christ’s act of redemption is highlighted, and described in economic and political terms. At the ‘economic’ level this action is identified with the pardoning of the debt contracted by human sinners (referring, too, to the chirograph of Col 2,13-14, interpreted as symbolizing law transcended by the Holy Spirit), while at the “political” level Christ’s reconciliation is enacted through his depriving princes and potentates of their power, and triumphing over them. Pfleiderer’s reading is discussed in the context of the theological debate of his time: we see some similarities with the interpretation of Albrecht Ritschl, according to whom the key note of the Pauline vision was his having opposed the Pharisees’ concept of the supremacy of the Law with the supremacy of the grace of God.

Politica e redenzione in Paulinismus di Otto Pfleiderer: una nota sulla Lettera ai Colossesi / Ghia, Francesco. - In: POLITICA E RELIGIONE. - ISSN 2239-6098. - STAMPA. - 2017:(2017), pp. 247-259.

Politica e redenzione in Paulinismus di Otto Pfleiderer: una nota sulla Lettera ai Colossesi

Ghia, Francesco
2017

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This paper discusses Otto Pfleiderer’s interpretation of the Letter to the Colossians in his Paulinismus. The cosmological-historical valence that Paul gives to Christ’s act of redemption is highlighted, and described in economic and political terms. At the ‘economic’ level this action is identified with the pardoning of the debt contracted by human sinners (referring, too, to the chirograph of Col 2,13-14, interpreted as symbolizing law transcended by the Holy Spirit), while at the “political” level Christ’s reconciliation is enacted through his depriving princes and potentates of their power, and triumphing over them. Pfleiderer’s reading is discussed in the context of the theological debate of his time: we see some similarities with the interpretation of Albrecht Ritschl, according to whom the key note of the Pauline vision was his having opposed the Pharisees’ concept of the supremacy of the Law with the supremacy of the grace of God.
Ghia, Francesco
Politica e redenzione in Paulinismus di Otto Pfleiderer: una nota sulla Lettera ai Colossesi / Ghia, Francesco. - In: POLITICA E RELIGIONE. - ISSN 2239-6098. - STAMPA. - 2017:(2017), pp. 247-259.
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