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Creation and redemption according to Paul's use of tradition

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Paul's use of tradition is a further indication of his own thought, for he would not likely quote approvingly material with which he disagreed. The tradition itself, so used, is evidence of pre-Pauline thought which directly influenced Paul. I Cor. 8: 6 and Phil 2: 6-II, two important texts which relate creation and redemption have been judged by many to be pre-Pauline. I Cor. 8: 6 represent an unquestioned article of faith according to which the relation between creation and redemption was a normative part of the earliest Church's proclamation. The circumstance that Paul mentions the cosmological work of Christ only incidentally in an ethical section indicates that belief in the cosmic Christ was shared in common by Paul and the early Church, so much so that Paul could cite that belief without elaboration and expect its acceptance by the Corinthians as a matter of course.

Keywords: corinthians; cosmic Christ; creation; Paul; redemption



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