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Holy Scripture in the Qumran Commentaries and Pauline Letters$
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Timothy H. Lim

Print publication date: 1997

Print ISBN-13: 9780198262060

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198262060.001.0001

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Paul and Midrash Pesher

Paul and Midrash Pesher

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(p.122) (p.123) 8 Paul and Midrash Pesher
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Holy Scripture in the Qumran Commentaries and Pauline Letters
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Timothy H. Lim

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198262060.003.0008

Pauline exegesis may be compared to the pesherite interpretation of the Qumran scrolls. While formal distinctions between the two should not be ignored, and the pesher as a genre is sui generis, they nevertheless manifest commonalities that cannot be denied. The existence of ‘Midrash pesher’, however, is based upon a dubious reading of 4Q174 and this alleged hybrid genre should, this chapter argues, be left out of a discussion of pesherite or Pauline exegeses.

Keywords:   Pesherite exegesis, Pesheresque, biblical authority, Pauline exegesis, Qumran scrolls

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