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Type of Document Dissertation
Author Chun, Sejong
Author's Email Address braveheartchun@hotmail.com
URN etd-03262012-021502
Title Paul’s new creation: vision for a new world and community in the midst of empires
Degree PhD
Department Religion
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Dr. Daniel M. Patte Committee Chair
Dr. Brad R. Braxton Committee Member
Dr. Fernando F. Segovia Committee Member
Dr. John S. McClure Committee Member
Dr. Kathy L. Gaca Committee Member
  • Racism
  • Power dynamics
  • Jerusalem collection
  • Galatians
  • Church
  • Immigration
  • L.A. riots
Date of Defense 2012-03-21
Availability unrestricted
In this dissertation, I have raised a question about the Korean ethnic church’s failure of playing a pivotal role of leadership including proposing new visions for Korean immigrants in America, when it was urgently needed during and after the 1992 Los Angeles riots. Through my “inter(con)textual” readings of Pauline “new creation passages” such as Romans 8:18-25, 2 Corinthians 5:17, and Galatians 6:15, I have attempted to provide possible answers to this question. By reading Paul’s texts, I have argued that scholars’ conceptualization of Paul’s new creation may ignore or diminish its tangible features, which are clearly shown in Paul’s establishment of an alternative assembly of believers, the ekklēsia, as an embodiment of God’s new creation in the midst of the imperial powers. The concrete features of the new creation also appear in Paul’s collection for the poor saints in Jerusalem through which Paul sought to create an alternative economic system against the exploitative and hierarchical structure of the Roman Empire.
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