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Ephesians and the Hermeneutics of the New Exodus

Starling, David I. (2014) Ephesians and the Hermeneutics of the New Exodus. In: Reverberations of the Exodus in Scripture. Pickwick Publications, Eugene, OR, pp. 139-159. ISBN 9781620325766

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Across the six chapters of Ephesians, therefore, there is evidence that Paul encourages his readers to understand the story of Christ as a typological echo of the original exodus and a fulfillment of the OT hopes and promises of a new exodus. This new exodus hermeneutical framework is established in the berakah of 1:3–14 and the salvation-history narratives of 2:1–10 and 2:11–22 and reinforced in the exhortations of 6:10–17 as the letter draws to
a close. In between, it helps to explain some of the more puzzling instances of Paul’s use of the OT within Ephesians, including his use of Ps 68:18 in Eph 4:8–10 and his use of Exod 20:12 in Eph 6:2–3.

One important function of this new exodus typology is to contribute to Paul’s identity-forming purposes within the letter, reinforcing his readers’ confidence in the power of God and his saving love for them (cf. Eph 1:15–23; 3:14–19) so that they understand themselves as his redeemed people and play their part in the continuing demonstration of the victory of God in Christ over every hostile power (cf. 1:23; 3:10; 3:21; 4:1; 5:1–2; 6:10–20).

Item Type: Book Chapters
Repository Version: Metadata Only
Keywords: Exodus, Ephesians, Hermeneutics
Fields of Research: 22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2204 Religion and Religious Studies > 220401 Christian Studies (incl. Biblical Studies and Church History)
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970122 Expanding Knowledge in Philosophy and Religious Studies
Type of Activity: Pure Basic Research
Subjects: B - New Testament
College/Association with University of Divinity: Morling College
Depositing User: Dr David Starling
Date Deposited: 07 Jun 2016 04:40
Last Modified: 18 Jul 2016 02:52
URI: http://repository.divinity.edu.au/id/eprint/2009

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