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Keys to Second CorinthiansRevisiting the Major Issues$
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Jerome Murphy-O'Connor

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199592104

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199592104.001.0001

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The New Covenant in the Letters of Paul and the Essene Documents

The New Covenant in the Letters of Paul and the Essene Documents

(p.51) 4 The New Covenant in the Letters of Paul and the Essene Documents
Keys to Second Corinthians

Jerome Murphy‐O'Connor

Oxford University Press

The concept of a ‘new covenant’ was fundamentally alien to Paul's theology because inextricably bound to law. His use of it was a grudging concession to pressure from the Judaizers at Corinth. The formula ‘new covenant’ elsewhere appears only in the Damascus Document (6:19; 8:21; 20:12), where it is at the service of ‘the exact interpretation of the law’ (6:14; 20:29). The intruders intended the same legalistic sense.

Keywords:   New covenant, Damascus Document, Essene, Judaizers, opponents

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