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The scriptures of Israel in Colossians 2:16–23: The echo of Isaiah 29:13 in 2:22

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This chapter discusses the scriptures of Israel in Colossians 2:16-23 and the echo of Isaiah 29:13 in 2:22. This proposal meets two criteria necessary for an echo: i) availability and ii) word agreement. Regarding availability, Paul quotes from Isa 29:14 at 1 Cor 1:19, Isa 29:16 at Rom 9:20, and Isa 29:10 at Rom 11:8, demonstrating Paul's familiarity with Isa 29. Regarding word agreement, the two texts share four words that are in syntactical agreement, though Paul has altered the somewhat awkward word order of the LXX to make for better Greek. Numerous other scholars have already detected Isa 29:13 in Col 2:22. The exegetical difficulties of the section of text within which the allusion to Isa 29:13 is embedded are numerous and infamous. The chapter concentrates upon the major issues, and looks especially at how the presence of LXX Isa 29:13 affects the passage.

Keywords: allusion; Colossians 2:22; echo; Isaiah 29:13; Israel; Paul; scriptures; word agreement



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