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In this view, the resurrection of Jesus more than the Jewish War is the defining event of his 1st century historical appearance, as the dawning of the reality of the new creation available now to all who believed in him.

I have always maintained that the resurrection begins new creation, and I have never said that the Jewish War is the defining event of Jesus’ historical appearance. My argument is that the Jewish War is the historical horizon that makes the resurrection of critical importance within the particular purview of Jesus and the church in Judea. The issue is not whether the resurrection is central; it is how the resurrection is interpreted in the Gospels and the early chapters of Acts, and it is nowhere explicitly interpreted, to use your words, ”as the dawning of the reality of the new creation”. Rather it is invariably and frequently interpreted in political terms in respect of the coming judgement on Israel and the reign of Christ as Lord, as Davidic king (eg. Acts 2:22-36). You are trying to read it from a modern perspective that is much more interested in universal creation-centred issues than from the historical perspective of the New Testament.

I don’t see how the phrase “prepared for you from the creation of the world” removes historical contingency. We have, for example, the same phrase in Luke 11:49-51:

Therefore also the Wisdom of God said, ‘I will send them prophets and apostles, some of whom they will kill and persecute,’ so that the blood of all the prophets, shed from the foundation of the world (ἀπὸ καταβολῆς κόσμου), may be charged against this generation, from the blood of Abel to the blood of Zechariah, who perished between the altar and the sanctuary. Yes, I tell you, it will be required of this generation.

The rhetoric does not overrule the historical nature of the prophetic witness or of the judgment that will be required of this generation of Jews. The apostles were chosen “before the foundation of the world” (πρὸ καταβολῆς κόσμου: Eph .1:4), but that doesn’t mean that their ministry somehow operated on a supra-historical level.

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