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The Death and Resurrection of Jesus Christ Implied in the Image of the Paschal Lamb in 1 Cor 5:7

An Intertextual, Exegetical and Theological Study


Jacob Paxy Alumkal

St. Paul uses the image of Paschal Lamb only once. What is the real meaning of this symbol in his theology? It symbolises the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ but with a different emphasis. What does he emphasize?
The aim of this study is to show the exegetical meaning of 1 Cor 5:7 in order to have an overt theological emphasis of the imagery used in this particular context. The linguistic analysis from a historical critical method is used here to arrive at its theological significance. The study propounds the meaning, reality and the significance of the Hebrew original Paschal celebration and its commemoration from Semetical, Hellenistical and Greco-Roman culture and as understood in the OT Scriptures of various periods. The result is quite different from the hitherto theological understanding of the symbol and its significance. Paul is the first NT theologian to use this symbol and others have followed him with varying degrees of understanding of this symbol. A comparative study on this is made in this book. It shows to what extent it is relevant for Christians in postmodern Europe and India.
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Thanks, unbound from the depths of my heart, flows to the author of the Paschal Lamb, to the Eschatological Passover Lamb and to the indwelling Spirit of both. This study has increased my awareness and conviction of the spiritual indwelling presence of the most Holy Trinity in me and in all the baptized persons. God has possessed us through the blood of the Passover Lamb Jesus Christ our Lord. As a Carmelite I do constantly experience the “protection” of the mantle of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel.

Now I would like to express my gratitude to a number of persons who have helped me in bringing out this work successfully. First and foremost, with profound sense of gratitude, I sincerely thank Rev. Fr. Jacob Palliparambil, Provincial, for having provided me with the opportunity to pursue my studies in Sacred Scripture, and for his paternal care and constant encouragement.

I owe a special debt of gratitude to my Doktorvater Respected Prof. Dr. Walter Kirchschläger, Professor (now Emeritus) of New Testament Exegesis at the University of Luzern. He was kind enough to guide me in my research. His attentive and sharp correction at every necessary place made my work interesting. His scholarly suggestions, criticisms and appreciation have significantly contributed to many improvements on the work. His precise ideas, clarity of thinking and adventurous attitude to the study of Sacred Scriptures has made me go to the roots of the subject and acquire a profound knowledge...

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