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Body and Sin Romans and Colossians in Light of Qumranic and Rabbinic Texts

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This chapter tries to investigate the setting of some central Pauline ideas in both the Dead Sea scrolls and other Jewish writings. The coin is two-sided: on the one hand, which Jewish elements may have had a role in shaping Paul's ideas, and how were they woven together. On the other hand: what is unique to Paul's writings, when seen against the foil of the Jewish sources. The chapter deals with the transformation described in Romans 6, and other related passages in Pauline and deutero-Pauline epistles, in the light of Jewish texts. There is a highly interesting pattern of affinities between Paul and Jewish texts, both Qumranic and rabbinic. The transformation of the human body of the elect and the freedom from sin that is gained by the holy spirit are documented in the scrolls (and in other Jewish texts); so is the battle and the vestment imagery.

Keywords: Dead Sea scrolls; Paul; Qumran; Rabbinic texts; Romans 6



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