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


Vollenweider, Samuel (2019). Seufzen statt Lobpreisen. Überlegungen zum Verhältnis von Schöpfung und Gebet in Römer 8. In: Janowski, Bernd; Thomas, Günter. Jahrbuch für Biblische Theologie : Natur und Schöpfung. Göttingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 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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Item Type:Book Section, 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:Paul Romans Römerbrief Paulus Rom 8 Röm 8 Ecology creation nature seufzen kreatur groaning Spirit Geist Prayer Gebet Bibel Neues Testament ökologie cosmic Liturgy Praise Lobpreis Kosmos Early Christianity Urchristentum Theology
Language:German
Date:2019
Deposited On:22 Nov 2021 13:50
Last Modified:13 Mar 2024 15:17
Publisher:Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht
Number:34/2019
ISBN:978-3-7887-3497-8
Additional Information:JBTh 34 (2019) 137–177 (publ. Jan. 2021)
OA Status:Closed
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.13109/9783788734992.137
Official URL:https://www.vr-elibrary.de/doi/book/10.13109/9783788734992
Related URLs:https://www.vandenhoeck-ruprecht-verlage.com/56070/natur-und-schoepfung
Other Identification Number:eISBN 978-3-7887-3499-2