Meet Amy Peeler
Amy Peeler is associate professor of New Testament at Wheaton College and Associate Rector at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Geneva, IL. Author of “You are My Son”: The Family of God in the Epistle to the Hebrews (T&T Clark, 2014) and co-author with Patrick Gray of Hebrews: An Introduction and Study Guide (T&T Clark, 2020). A study of the gender implications of the Incarnation entitled, Mother of God will be released with Eerdmans in Fall 2022, and her next major projects include a commentary on Hebrews and Mark. In addition to her passion for teaching Scripture, Peeler enjoys time with her family as well as running and CrossFit.
The First and Second Adam and Eve: Gender and Representative Humanity
The Pauline corpus makes weighty claims about Adam, affirming humanity’s value as the handiwork of God as well as facing its dismal corruption due to sin. This creational narrative culminates for Paul in Jesus the Messiah whom he often casts as the second Adam (Rom 5; 1 Cor 15). Jesus is, in the language of Gen 1, the image of God, the one who affirms that which is good in humanity and the one who releases them from that which has bound them. None doubt that Paul includes the women to whom he is writing in this reality. They too are mortal and, in Christ, will become immortal. Death has lost its sting for all. Yet, the male particularity of the protagonists, Adam and Jesus, raises questions about sexual difference. In this paper, I investigate the place of Eve in Paul’s recounting of the creation narrative as a comparison with the way in which women are included in the redemption brought by the second Adam, Jesus the Messiah.