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Matthew V. Novenson

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199844579

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199844579.001.0001

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Christ Passages in Paul

Christ Passages in Paul

(p.137) 5 Christ Passages in Paul
Christ among the Messiahs

Matthew V. Novenson

Oxford University Press

This chapter treats nine passages in which Paul comments at the discourse level on how he means the word “Christ.” These passages are: Gal 3:16 (“Abraham’s seed, which is Christ”); 1 Cor 15:20-28 (“When he hands over the kingdom to God”); 2 Cor 1:21-22 (“Anointed into the anointed one”); Rom 9:1-5 (“From the Israelites comes the Christ”); Rom 15:3, 9 (“Your reproaches fell on me… I will praise your name”); Rom 15:7-12 (“The root of Jesse who rises to rule the Gentiles”); 1 Cor 1:23 (“We preach a crucified Christ”); 2 Cor 5:16-17 (“We no longer know Christ according to the flesh”); and Rom 1:3-4 (“From the seed of David according to the flesh”). In none of these passages does Paul repudiate the conventional sense of “Christ,” and in every case he meets the pertinent criteria for early Jewish messiah texts, in particular discourse about a “messiah” using the linguistic resources of the Jewish scriptures.

Keywords:   christ according to the flesh, christ crucified, jewish scriptures, seed of abraham, seed of david

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