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

Jerome Murphy‐O'Connor

in Keys to Second Corinthians

Published in print September 2010 | ISBN: 9780199592104
Published online January 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191595608 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199592104.003.0004
The New Covenant in the Letters of Paul and the Essene Documents

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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

Chapter.  7022 words. 

Subjects: Biblical Studies

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