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The scriptures of Israel in Colossians 1:15–20: The echo of psalm 68:16 (67:17 LXX) in 1:19

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Two criteria necessary for an echo are: i) availability, and ii) word agreement. Regarding availability, Paul often quoted from the Psalms and thus demonstrates that the Psalter was well known by him. Significantly, Ps 68:18 is quoted in Ephesians 4:8, though the Pauline authorship of the letter is disputed. Regarding word agreement, the texts share four words in common, with a fifth paraphrased in a circumlocution, possibly for poetic heightening. "There is hardly another song in the Psalter which in its corrupt text and its lack of coherence precipitates such serious problems for the interpreter as Psalm 68." With these words Kraus begins his comments on Psalm 68, and they serve both to warn and to restrain any would-be exegete of overconfidence in its interpretation.

Keywords: echo; Ephesians; Kraus; Paul; Psalms; Psalter; word agreement



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