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Seufzen statt Lobpreisen : Überlegungen zum Verhältnis von Schöpfung und Gebet in Römer 8


Vollenweider, Samuel (2021). Seufzen statt Lobpreisen : Überlegungen zum Verhältnis von Schöpfung und Gebet in Römer 8. Jahrbuch für biblische Theologie, 34:137-177.

Abstract

This article probes the relationship between creation and prayer in Romans 8:18–27, par-ticularly the stylistic device of personification in vv. 19 and 22, where creation is said to “expect” and “groan.” In regard to the threefold “sighing” in Romans 8 and its biblical background, the study argues that Paul depicts a cosmic song of lament that is addressed to God, uttered jointly by the whole of creation, Christians, and the Holy Spirit. As a peti-tionary lament, corresponding to the “longing expectation” of creation (v. 19), it targets God’s eschatological intervention. Such a polyphonic cosmic prayer stands in contrast to the universal praise of God by all creatures of the heavenly and earthly world (cf. Psalm 148; Revelation 5:11–14), a figurative choral ensemble common in ancient literature. The article concludes with an inquiry into the ecotheological significance of Romans 8 in Christian prayer and daily life.

Abstract

This article probes the relationship between creation and prayer in Romans 8:18–27, par-ticularly the stylistic device of personification in vv. 19 and 22, where creation is said to “expect” and “groan.” In regard to the threefold “sighing” in Romans 8 and its biblical background, the study argues that Paul depicts a cosmic song of lament that is addressed to God, uttered jointly by the whole of creation, Christians, and the Holy Spirit. As a peti-tionary lament, corresponding to the “longing expectation” of creation (v. 19), it targets God’s eschatological intervention. Such a polyphonic cosmic prayer stands in contrast to the universal praise of God by all creatures of the heavenly and earthly world (cf. Psalm 148; Revelation 5:11–14), a figurative choral ensemble common in ancient literature. The article concludes with an inquiry into the ecotheological significance of Romans 8 in Christian prayer and daily life.

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Other titles:Sighing instead of praising : reflections on the relationship between creation and prayer in Romans 8
Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:01 Faculty of Theology and the Study of Religion > Institute of Theology
Dewey Decimal Classification:230 Christianity & Christian theology
Uncontrolled Keywords:Natur / Schöpfung / Gebet / Geist / Bibel / Neues Testament / Paulus / Römerbrief / kosmische Liturgie /Theologie Naure / Creation / Prayer / Spirit / Bible / New Testament / Paul / Romans, Letter to / cosmic Liturgy
Language:German
Date:January 2021
Deposited On:08 Apr 2021 08:43
Last Modified:13 Mar 2024 15:17
Publisher:Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht
ISSN:0935-9338
Additional Information:Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht Verlage | www.vandenhoeck-ruprecht-verlage.com ISSN 2567-9392 ISBN 978-3-7887-3499-2
OA Status:Green
Related URLs:https://www.vandenhoeck-ruprecht-verlage.com/635/jahrbuch-fuer-biblische-theologie (Organisation)
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  • Language: German