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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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Chapter 5. The Impact of the Death and Resurrection of Jesus Christ on Humanity implied in the Lamb motive in the genuinely Pauline Letters


Chapter 5 The Impact of the Death and Resurrection of Jesus Christ on Humanity implied in the Lamb motive in the genuinely Pauline Letters

5.1 Gathering the Fruits of our Exegetical and Theological Investigations

The joyful exclamation of the Israelites is what we too experience towards the end of our exegetical and theological investigations. “For what other great nation has a god so near to it as the LORD our God is whenever we call to him?” (Deut 4:7). Considering this verse from the Scriptures wrote J. Ratzinger “Der Herr ist uns nahe in unserem Gewissen in Seinem Wort….”. He continues to examine this reality and finds that Christians have more profound reason to say it1255. In short we arrive at this conclusion in this chapter as we have analyzed what God and His Son has done for the humanity. As a prelude to our work, in the first chapter, we considered briefly the Pauline concept of the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ from the direct references of Paul on it in his various letters. In the second chapter we studied the Semitic and OT background of the Passover. Then we have made an almost thorough analysis of the exegetical and theological nuances of 1 Cor. 5:7–8. In the fourth chapter we attempted to interrogate the post Pauline lamb motive in the other NT writings. In this chapter we are gathering the fruits of our studies in the above chapters. Basing on...

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