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Barth’s account of idolatry locates the generative problem of the idol not in the object that is worshipped, but in the idolatrous subject, the human being who misidentifies the object as divine. The status of the thing as “idol” is real, as is its participation in the reality of sin, but Barth’s concept of evil as das Nichtige, and his refusal to elevate it by a misguided reification, require him to identify the subjective activity of the idolater as the defining problem. Having traced the elements of this in Barth, this essay will consider how a subject-centred approach to idolatry makes sense of Paul’s account of sin and salvation and how his identification of Christ as the true eikon of God can be seen to have soteriological force in light of this. This last observation affirms the possibility of true worship for those who behold the eikon, with a real noetic transformation associated with this. This affirmation arguably demands that we move to a position marked by greater optimism and less caution about the reality of transformation in the life of the believer than is true of Barth.

In: The Finality of the Gospel
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In The Slavonic Texts of 2 Enoch, Grant Macaskill publishes the manuscript evidence for this important pseudepigraphon in a format that, for the first time, allows synoptic comparison of the variants encountered. With the long and short recensions represented on facing pages, and variants listed against two exemplars (J and A), readers will be able to weigh the textual and linguistic evidence in a way that has previously been hindered by the available publications of 2 Enoch. The book also includes an introductory discussion of the manuscripts and the problems associated with text-critical work on them, and a translation of the neglected manuscript B, with notes on the significance of its readings for the reconstruction of an ur-text.
In: New Perspectives on 2 Enoch
In: The Slavonic Texts of 2 Enoch
In: The Slavonic Texts of 2 Enoch
In: The Slavonic Texts of 2 Enoch
In: The Slavonic Texts of 2 Enoch
In: The Slavonic Texts of 2 Enoch
In: The Embroidered Bible: Studies in Biblical Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha in Honour of Michael E. Stone
In: Defining Identities: We, You, and the Other in the Dead Sea Scrolls