Through Whom? Messianic and Demonic Mediation in 1 Corinthians 8–10

Sean M. McDonough

in Christ as Creator

Published in print December 2009 | ISBN: 9780199576470
Published online January 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780191722585 | DOI:
Through Whom? Messianic and Demonic Mediation in 1 Corinthians 8–10

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The book now moves from the origins of the doctrine to its use in the New Testament. The creation formula in 1 Cor. 8: 6 has generally been treated in isolation from Paul's broader discussion of idol meat in 1 Corinthians 8–10. The formulation is in fact a crucial underpinning to the argument of these chapters. For Paul, Christ has always been God's way of mediating himself to the world, from the creation (8: 6), through the history of Israel (cf. ‘the rock was Christ’ in 10: 4, and ‘tempted Christ’ in 10: 9), and presently through the Church (e.g. 10: 16–17). This is set in contrast to the proffered mediation of demonic idols, who lay claim to the same role and thus call for allegiance as rival kurioi. The true, and tangible, meal of mediation is to be found in Jesus' supper (1 Cor. 11).

Keywords: Christ; creation; mediation; demons; 1 Corinthians; Paul; idols

Chapter.  9032 words. 

Subjects: Biblical Studies

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