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The scriptures of Israel in Colossians 1:9–14: The echo of the 2 Samuel 7 Promise-to-David exegetical tradition In 1:13

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The two criteria necessary for an echo are: (1) availability, and (2) word agreement, as well as rare concept similarity. Regarding availability, Paul displays awareness of 2 Sam 7:14 because he quotes it elsewhere in his correspondence. Regarding word agreement, Col 1:13 shares four words in common with the parent text. While the four words are common in and of themselves, it is the effect within an early Jewish context that matters when they are put together in a specific way. Therefore, it is crucial to see also that the two texts share a rare conceptual similarity. One of the central pillars of OT theology is the assertion that the God of Israel had decreed that David's lineage would reign forever over his kingdom Israel. Whenever a male ancestor of this lineage was installed as the new king, God adopted him as a "son," becoming his "father".

Keywords: 2 Samuel 7; availability; Colossians 1:9-14; concept similarity; David; echo; God of Israel; Paul; word agreement

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