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Festschrift in Honor of Professor Paul Nadim Tarazi- Volume 2

Studies in the New Testament


Edited By Tom Dykstra and Vahan Hovhanessian

This book, the second of three volumes dedicated to Professor Paul Nadim Tarazi, includes contemporary essays on the New Testament. The topics offer a rich array of exegetical studies related to the life and teachings of Jesus and the apostle Paul. Coming from America, the Middle East, and Eastern Europe, the contributors to Volume 2 of the Festschrift in Honor of Professor Paul Nadim Tarazi have gathered to advance the scholarly vision of Professor Paul Nadim Tarazi.
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Revisiting “Baptism for the Dead” in 1 Corinthians 15:29, Bishop Vahan Hovhanessian


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Revisiting “Baptism for the Dead” in 1 Corinthians 15:29

Developing his argument in support of the resurrection of the dead in his first canonical letter to the Corinthians, the apostle Paul makes a reference to the baptism of some Corinthians for, or on behalf of, the dead (1 Cor 15:29). The phrase Έπεὶ τί ποιήσουσιν οἱ βαπτιζόμενοι ὑπέρ τῶν νεκρῶν, standing alone, seems to imply that some Corinthians were practicing some sort of vicarious baptism for the sake of dead people, which does not fit the progression of Paul’s argument in 1 Cor 15. What did the Apostle mean by “baptizing for the dead”? Why were the targeted Corinthians in 1 Cor 15 baptizing for the dead? What did baptism for the dead mean to the Corinthian group targeted by Paul? Why didn’t the Apostle further elaborate on this practice? How does this verse fit in the Apostle’s argument and help him assert his point of view?

Despite centuries of lengthy exegetical efforts since the Patristic era to explain the Apostle’s statement in 1 Cor 15:29, many scholars today agree that “No one knows in fact what was going on,”1 and that “The reference itself is simply so obscure and our knowledge so limited that we cannot discern just what this rite actually involved or meant.”2 Not only the meaning of the verse is vague, its function in the progression of the Apostle’s argument seems inexplicable and problematic. The majority of...

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