New Testament Persecution and the Inception of Diokology through the Application of the Regnal Righteousness Dynamic

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Title: New Testament Persecution and the Inception of Diokology through the Application of the Regnal Righteousness Dynamic
Author: Cochran, Gregory
Advisor: Cook, E. David
Abstract: This dissertation seeks to derive a biblical definition of Christian persecution

which both identifies the essential character of Christian persecution and offers a

pragmatic application of the definition in Christian living. The introductory chapter sets

forth the scope of the work biblically, theologically, and ethically.

Chapter 2 establishes the definition of Christian persecution through the

instruction Christ offers to His followers in Matthew 5: 10-12. Specifically, the definition

is explored through an examination of the structure and content of Matthew 5: 1 0-12, with

particular emphases on the righteousness and kingship of Christ.

Chapter 3 offers a comparative study of the conclusions of chapter 2 with

regard to other New Testament works. Specifically, the conclusions of the regnal

righteousness dynamic from chapter 2 are juxtaposed alongside studies in Mark, Luke-

Acts, and Paul.

Chapter 4 then places the results of the regnal righteousness dynamic for

persecution against other diokological studies, including study by the Lausanne

Conference for World Evangelism; study by Penner on discipleship related to

persecution; and study by Ton on persecution and rewards.

Chapter 5 seeks to apply the results of the research to the notorious test case of

Dietrich Bonhoeffer. Interacting with the work of Craig Slane on Bonhoeffer and Claude

Foster on Paul Schneider, chapter 5 will show the practical effects of persecution studies.

URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10392/3810
Date: 2010-05

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