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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 6. Jesus Christ our Passover – Hope of New Life for the Post modern Europe and India


Chapter 61402Jesus Christ our Passover – Hope of New Life for the Post modern Europe and India


Paul is not only a theologian of the cross1403. The aspect of sacrifice, suffering and death is only one side of the coin of his theology. The other side of this coin is the resurrection and the new life which it provides1404. Somehow instead of this aspect of new life the aspect of sacrifice has become popular. But the symbol of Passover is the other side of the sacrificial theology. We have made a survey of Paul’s use of direct mentioning of the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. And then we have comprehensively studied the Passover and its OT background. And inter-textually analysed the Passover (Paschal lamb) motive in the NT. Passover symbolises the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ and conveys a wide range of theological meanings. We have sufficiently analysed it in the previous chapters. ← 367 | 368 → Now we try to draw out from our studies above a timely message to the post-modern European and Indian Churches.

As Pauline theology and instructions are for the people to amend their lives in the new way of life, it serves as the foundations of their practical life. Pauline teachings are relevant and valid and are timely instructive for us who are living in (post)- post-modernity. Practical side of Theology is spirituality. In India for centuries, philosophy, theology and spirituality remained together for they were so...

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