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Christ as CreatorOrigins of a New Testament Doctrine$
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Sean M. McDonough

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780199576470

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199576470.001.0001

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Through Whom? Messianic and Demonic Mediation in 1 Corinthians 8–10

Through Whom? Messianic and Demonic Mediation in 1 Corinthians 8–10

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(p.150) 7 Through Whom? Messianic and Demonic Mediation in 1 Corinthians 8–10
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Christ as Creator
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Sean M. McDonough (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199576470.003.0007

The book now moves from the origins of the doctrine to its use in the New Testament. The creation formula in 1 Cor. 8: 6 has generally been treated in isolation from Paul's broader discussion of idol meat in 1 Corinthians 8–10. The formulation is in fact a crucial underpinning to the argument of these chapters. For Paul, Christ has always been God's way of mediating himself to the world, from the creation (8: 6), through the history of Israel (cf. ‘the rock was Christ’ in 10: 4, and ‘tempted Christ’ in 10: 9), and presently through the Church (e.g. 10: 16–17). This is set in contrast to the proffered mediation of demonic idols, who lay claim to the same role and thus call for allegiance as rival kurioi. The true, and tangible, meal of mediation is to be found in Jesus' supper (1 Cor. 11).

Keywords:   Christ, creation, mediation, demons, 1 Corinthians, Paul, idols

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