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Carla Swafford Works

The Church in the Wilderness

Paul's Use of Exodus Traditions in 1 Corinthians

[Die Kirche in der Wildnis. Wie Paulus Exodus-Traditionen im 1. Korintherbrief verwendet.]

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How did Paul use biblical narratives in 1 Corinthians? Carla Works examines Paul's use of exodus traditions in 1 Corinthians, particularly 1 Cor 5:6–8 and 10:1–22, to shape the identity formation of the early church.
Much attention has been devoted to Paul's quotations from the Old Testament, but little attention has been given to Paul's use of biblical narratives. The most extensive use of scripture in 1 Corinthians involves an allusion to Israel's exodus (10:1–22), which contains only one quotation (1 Cor 10:7). Since there is much debate on how to identify scriptural allusions, Carla Works examines two passages where there is overwhelming scholarly consensus regarding the presence of exodus imagery: 1 Corinthians 5:6–8 and 10:1–22. These passages, therefore, provide an ideal place to consider how Paul is using Israel's exodus traditions to instruct a predominantly non-Jewish congregation. The author argues that the exodus tradition, a tradition used to bolster Israel's identity and to teach Israel about the identity of God, is reinterpreted by Paul in light of Christ and is employed to foster the identity formation of the Corinthians as the church of »one God and one Lord« (1 Cor 8:6).

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The following reviews are known:

In: New Testament Abstracts — 59 (2015), S. 379
In: Religious Studies Review — 41 (2015), S. 201 (John K. Goodrich)
In: Review of Biblical Literature — (10/2017 + 4/2019) (Glenn E. Snyder /Greg Carey)