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The Main Exegetical Traditions Behind the Apology and Dial. 11-47/108-141: the «Kerygma Source«.

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This chapter discusses the two closely interrelated concepts in Justin: his people of God idea and the eschatology of the kerygma tradition. It begins with some remarks on the people of God problem. In a recent study, P. Richardson has argued that Justin is the first who claims that the Church is Israel. Richardson's thesis contradicts the view that this claim was regarded as evident and self-explanatory by almost all early Christians. The motif of baptism may be another link to this chapter of the Dialogue: The three first texts in Dial 72 have the motif of the paschal lamb as their common denominator, and it is seen that the whole paschal lamb typology has baptismal connotations. This may also point to the underlying unity between paschal lamb motif and descent motif in Dial 72.

Keywords: baptism; eschatology; God; Justin; kerygma tradition; paschal lamb motif



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