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Body, Soul and Life Everlasting Biblical Anthropology and the Monism-Dualism Debate

The book defends a functional integration of human life (body and soul are separate but dependent) on earth and in heaven but a disembodied intermediate state wherein the body and soul will be both separate and independent. Cooper’s research, objective and scrupulous, examines the widest spectrum: (1) Traditional Christian anthropology and its modern critics; (2) Old Testament anthropology’s holistic emphasis; (3) Old Testament anthropology’s dualistic implications; (4) The anthropology of intertestamental eschatology; (5) The monism-dualism debate about New Testament anthropology; (6) Anthropology and personal eschatology in the New Testament’s non-Pauline writings; (7) Anthropology and personal eschatology in the New Testament’s Pauline epistles; (8) New Testament eschatology and philosophical anthropology; (9) Practical and theological objections against dualism; (10) Holistic dualism, science, and philosophy; (11) And finally, a vindication of holistic dualism. ~ Blake G Edwards

Table of Contents

    • Acknowledgments
    • Preface to the Second Printing
    • Introduction: The Body-Soul Question: Still A Vexing Problem    1
    • 1    Traditional Christian Anthropology and Its Modern Critics    7
    • 2    Old Testament Anthropology: The Holistic Emphasis    33
    • 3    Old Testament Anthropology: The Dualistic Implication    52
    • 4    The Anthropology of Intertestamental Eschatology    73
    • 5    The Monism-Dualism Debate about New Testament Anthropology    94
    • 6    Anthropology And Personal Eschatology in the New Testament: The Non-Pauline Writings    110
    • 7    Anthropology And Personal Eschatology in the New Testament: The Pauline Epistles    134
    • 8    New Testament Eschatology and Philosophical Anthropology    158
    • 9    Practical And Theological Objections against Dualism    179
    • 10    Holistic Dualism, Science, and Philosophy    204
    • Index of Subjects    233
    • Index of Authors    236
    • Index of Scripture References    239