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2 Corinthians 5:14—A Key to Paul's Soteriology?

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1 Cor 5:9-11 shows that Paul was not immune to that danger. Paul's meaning should therefore be one that is consistent with either Paul's Jewish background or with his upbringing in the Graeco-Roman world or with both. The Jewish and the Graeco-Roman, do indeed offer points of contact with Paul's statement. In Jewish traditions the sense of the bond between an individual and a collective entity was a strong and developed one, both as a synchronic relationship and as a diachronic. 'Death' was in itself a fluid concept: Philo recognizes, for instance, that there is a death of the body and also a death of the soul. Nonetheless it may be claimed that in this surprising logic one underlying pre-supposition of Pauline soteriology comes to expression with a succinctness not surpassed elsewhere in his writings.

Keywords: Graeco-Roman world; Pauline soteriology; synchronic relationship

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