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Christian Figural Reading and the Fashioning of Identity$
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John David Dawson

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9780520226302

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520226302.001.0001

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Moses Veiled and Unveiled: Hans Frei and Origen

Moses Veiled and Unveiled: Hans Frei and Origen

(p.186) Chapter 8 Moses Veiled and Unveiled: Hans Frei and Origen
Christian Figural Reading and the Fashioning of Identity

John David Dawson

University of California Press

This chapter tries to show that Origen also has a stake in the way biblical narrative expresses Christ's identity. It reveals that Origen is especially concerned to figure out Christ's identity in relation to believers, in order to demonstrate how the believer is personally transformed by that relation. The discussion then shifts to Frei's concern for the relation of identity to narrative. It shows that unlike Origen, Frei is more focused on showing how Jesus' identity is a result of his unique relation to God, which is a relation that human beings cannot share or usurp. The differences between these two theologians can be seen in their remarks on Paul's use of the veil metaphor in his interpretation of Exodus 34.

Keywords:   biblical narrative, Jesus' identity, believers, veil metaphor, Exodus 34

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