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Paul's Eschatological Hope in Times of Trial

Yang Hyun Ji, S.C.G.

Master of Arts in Theological Studies with a field of specialization in Biblical Theology
Fr. Renato Repole, S.J., S.T.D.   (Adviser)


In the midst of contemporary global challenges, this research revisits the ancient struggles of early Christians, examining how the Apostle Paul navigated these obstacles while emphasizing eschatological hope. Amid today’s tumultuous landscape, Paul’s teachings on eschatological hope regain relevance for Christians. This study aims to elucidate Paul’s eschatological convictions and their practical implications through exegetical analysis. By delving into the underlying meanings of Paul’s expressions of eschatological hope, this research seeks to uncover their intended impact on readers. Moreover, by addressing the adversities faced by early Christians, the researcher probes into the apprehensions tackled by Paul and his endeavors to reassure believers through his teachings. Additionally, descriptive, semi-structured interviews with individuals who contracted COVID-19 provide a creative and in-depth approach, allowing for open-ended discussions about their experiences and coping mechanisms amidst the trials of the present world.

The thesis is structured into five chapters: Chapter one introduces the research problem, its significance, methodology, scope, and limitations, along with an overview of key Pauline eschatological characteristics. Chapter two conducts an analysis of Paul’s letters, focusing on key passages and themes related to eschatological hope. Chapter three explores the contemporary relevance of Paul’s eschatological convictions through COVID-19 interviews. Chapter four examines the applicability of Paul’s teachings to contemporary societal issues. Finally, chapter five summarizes key findings and offers recommendations for further research, suggesting avenues for the exploration of Pauline eschatology and its relevance to modern challenges.

Final Defense:

13 May 2024, Monday, 2:00 p.m. at Tipanan ni San Ignacio, DLC 201, 2/F Dela Costa Bldg., Loyola School of Theology

Board of Examiners:

  1. Fr. Herbert Schneider, S.J., S.T.D. (Second Reader/Principal Examiner)
  2. Sr. Bernardita Dianzon, F.S.P., S.T.D., Ph.D.
  3. Moses Jarvis Catan, Ph.D.

Proposal Defense:

22 September 2022, Thursday, 2:00-3:15pm, DLC 201 (Tipanan ni San Ignacio), Dela Costa Bldg., 2/F LST

Board of Examiners:
1. Fr. Renato Repole, S.J., S.T.D.   (Adviser)
2. Moses Jarvis Catan, Ph.D.
3. Fr. Herbert Schneider, S.J., S.T.D.

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