Paul and his Old Testament Quotations

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:
Paul and his Old Testament Quotations

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Paul lived at a time when the biblical text remained fluid. Textual variety and pluriformity characterized the scriptural scrolls that he consulted. He could quote from them or from one of the biblical excerpts that he presumably had before him. Sometimes, as in Galatians 3: 15, he insisted on a literal reading of the biblical passage, while on other occasions he could freely adapt his source. Still other times, it is thought that he produced a biblical proof-text from memory, the misremembering of which could account for variants and discrepancies. This latter suggestion, though plausible, is difficult to prove or even analyse, since the incorrect attribution of the biblical source can otherwise be explained by the existence of anthologies. ln any case, the postulate of pre-Pauline biblical excerpts does help in explaining some of the procedures which he was likely to have used.

Keywords: Septuaginta; biblical excerptia; Galatians; pre-Pauline excerpts; exegetical modifications

Chapter.  8345 words. 

Subjects: Biblical Studies

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