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The Quotation from Genesis 2.24 in Ephesians 5.31

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Chapter Summary

This chapter begins with a quotation which concludes the first major part of the Ephesian household code, that is the section commenting on the husband-wife relationship. One particular area of interest is in the overall thrust of Ephesians (Eph) 5.21-33 which is concluded by the quotation and its accompanying interpretation. The question is whether the emphasis falls on human marriage or on the Christ-church relationship. Which of the two serves as illustration for the other? While some argue that the passage is primarily about the roots of human marriage in the Christ-church relationship, others see the Christ-church relationship as being at the heart of the text, with human marriage merely serving as an appropriate analogy. The chapter shows that much hinges on the precise function of the numerous comparative particles.

Keywords: Christ-church relationship; Ephesians 5.31; Genesis quotation; human marriage

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