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Glory formed an essential part of early Christianity's christological vocabulary. Along with "word," "image," and "wisdom," Glory ( doxa) language worked to define the identity, status, and even uniqueness of Christian belief in Jesus.In Paul's Glory-Christologyauthor Carey C. Newman,using methodology developed in semantics, semiotics, and literary theory, examines the origin and rhetoric of Paul's Glory-language. Newman divides the investigationinto three distinct tasks: (1) to plot the tradition-history ofGlory thatformed part of Paul's linguistic world, (2) to examine Paul's letters, in light of the reconstructed tradition-history of Glory, in order to discern the rationale ofPaul'sidentification of Christ asGlory, and (3) to map out the implications of such an identification for Paul's theological and rhetorical strategy.Newman reaches four conclusions for understanding Paul. First, Paul inherited a symbolic universe with signs already fullof signification. Second,awareness ofthe connotative range of a surface symbol aids in discerning Paul's precise contingent strategy. Third, knowing a symbol's referential power defines and contributes to the deeper structure of Paul's theological grammar. Finally, the heuristic power within the construals of the Glory tradition coalesce in Paul's Christophany and thus provide coherence at the deepestlevel of Paul's Christology.Taken together, these conclusions reveal that nothing less than Paul's declaration of Jesus as God is expressed in his designation of Jesus as Glory.
Carey C. Newman is Director of Baylor University Press and a faculty member of the Graduate School at Baylor University.