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The Functions of Divine Judgment in Jewish Texts

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The goal of this whole study was to understand the function of Paul's references to future judgment in 1 Corinthians. Jewish texts continue to use the word "day" to emphasize the planned and decisive nature of coming divine judgment. In very many texts, even those late texts in which judgment functions as an individual moral recompense, the reward is simply the opposite of condemnation, equivalent to salvation. There are some texts, which seem to suggest that future rewards will vary in quality or quantity. As expected, these references all are found in the later texts which see judgment as moral recompense for individuals. The suggestion of varying rewards in these texts is never very explicit or highly developed. A final motif to consider is one which was already in frequent use in connection with judgment language in the OT: God's knowledge of all human thoughts and actions.

Keywords: 1 Corinthians; Divine Judgment; God's knowledge; Jewish Texts; Paul

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