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The "Spiritual Body" as Oxymoron in 1 Corinthians 15:44
Biblical Theology Bulletin (2015)
  • Brian Schmisek, Loyola University Chicago
In the entire undisputed Pauline corpus, the term “body” is used with respect to resurrection in only two verses: 1 Corinthians 15:44 and Philippians 3:20–21. In neither case does it mean resuscitated flesh as some theologians would have it. In Corinthians, Paul uses the rhetorical device of oxymoron in modifying the term body by “spiritual.” The oxymoron expresses the ineffability of Paul’s experience of the Risen Christ, which for him is something beyond precise description.
  • 1 Corinthians,
  • Oxymoron,
  • Christology,
  • spiritual body,
  • resurrection
Publication Date
November, 2015
Citation Information
Brian Schmisek. "The "Spiritual Body" as Oxymoron in 1 Corinthians 15:44" Biblical Theology Bulletin Vol. 45 Iss. 4 (2015)
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