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Xpiσtoσ in i Cor 10:4, 9

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The use of Xριστóς at I Cor 10:4, 9 raises a number of theological issues, among which are the term's personal or titular connotation and its theological implications for Christ's pre-existence and for his identification with the divine attribute of wisdom. Usually in Paul's writings 'Christ' refers to the person. I Cor 10:1-13 is a midrash on certain Pentateuchal texts that is probably preformed and that is applied to the situation in Paul's church at Corinth. If a wisdom christology is present at I Cor 8:6 it may be inferred at 10:4, 9 where Christ is also given a predication and a function that in the Old Testament were ascribed to Yahweh and in pre-Christian Judaism to the Divine Wisdom. As in Jude 5, Christ in I Cor 10 is the manifestation of Yahweh in his roles as Redeemer and Destroyer.

Keywords: Christ; God; I Cor 10:4, 9; Old Testament; Paul; XPIƩTOƩ



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