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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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Primary Sources

1.1 Biblical Sources

Aland, B., K. Aland, J. Karavidopoulos, C., M. Martini and B.M. Metzger., et al. eds. The Greek New Testament (8th edition), Deutsche Bibelgesellschaft, United Bible Societies, Stuttgart, 2001.

Karl, E., and Wilhelm. R., eds., Biblia Hebraica Stuttgartensia. 4th rev. edition Stuttgart: Deutsche Bibelgesellschaft, 1990.

1.2 Non-Biblical Sources

Epstein, Isidore, editor. Soncino Babylonian Talmud. London: Soncino Press, 1956.

Freedman, Rabbi H., trans. Midrash Rabbah: Genesis. London: The Soncino Press, 1983.

Ginsberg, Harold. “Ugaritic Myths, Epics, and Legends.” Pages 140–55 in Ancient Near East Texts Relating Old Testament. 3rd Edition. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1969 with Supplement.

John Paul II, Pope, “Ecclesia in Asia: Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation,” 6 November 1999. (English text) Origins 29/23 (November 18, 1999): 357–384.

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