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Paul and Midrash Pesher

Timothy H. Lim

in Holy Scripture in the Qumran Commentaries and Pauline Letters

Published in print September 1997 | ISBN: 9780198262060
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191682292 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198262060.003.0008
Paul and Midrash Pesher

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Pauline exegesis may be compared to the pesherite interpretation of the Qumran scrolls. While formal distinctions between the two should not be ignored, and the pesher as a genre is sui generis, they nevertheless manifest commonalities that cannot be denied. The existence of ‘Midrash pesher’, however, is based upon a dubious reading of 4Q174 and this alleged hybrid genre should, this chapter argues, be left out of a discussion of pesherite or Pauline exegeses.

Keywords: Pesherite exegesis; Pesheresque; biblical authority; Pauline exegesis; Qumran scrolls

Chapter.  7275 words. 

Subjects: Biblical Studies

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