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Holy Scripture in the Qumran Commentaries and Pauline Letters$
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Timothy H. Lim

Print publication date: 1997

Print ISBN-13: 9780198262060

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198262060.001.0001

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Paul as Exegete

Paul as Exegete

(p.161) 10 Paul as Exegete
Holy Scripture in the Qumran Commentaries and Pauline Letters

Timothy H. Lim

Oxford University Press

This chapter draws out the significance of Paul’s multicultural and multilingual background. Despite the frequent mention in scholarship of his upbringing, it is sometimes assumed that Paul operated in only one linguistic mode, namely Hellenistic Greek. Central to Paul’s hermeneutics is his own experience of Jesus and understanding of the significance of the cross. On this basis, all his exegetical techniques and scriptural interpretation depended. The variety of biblical texts would not have disturbed him, for his belief in Jesus, as the Christ did not result from a study of the Torah, but in an experiential encounter with the divine. The authoritative writings of Israel constituted the framework in which he worked, but his hermeneutics and exegetical endeavours have their source beyond these boundaries.

Keywords:   Pauline hermeneutics, scriptural word, Hellenistic Greek, Paul’s quotations, Jesus, Israel

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