A Profound Mystery: The Use of the Old Testament in Ephesians

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BRILL, 1996 - Religion - 252 pages
The primary focus of this study is the question of the extent and impact of Old Testament traditions in Ephesians. A close examination of the range of quotations, allusions and echoes found in the epistle shows that the Old Testament influence was greater and more deliberate than has hitherto been assumed.
The main part of the book is a thorough exegetical study of various aspects of the question, ranging from identification of the relevant Old Testament texts to an examination of the ways in which they are appropriated and applied in the New Testament context. A number of implications emerge for our understanding of the letter's intended readership, and these are illuminating for the assessment of the epistle's relationship to the letter to the Colossians.
This book is of special interest to New Testament interpreters and those interested in the history of the beginnings of Christianity.
 

Contents

INTRODUCTION
1
PSALM 110 1 AND
9
The Appropriation of Scripture in Ephesians 1 203
21
The General Jewish Background of Eph 2 11ff
29
The Appropriation of OT Material in Eph 2
36
Conclusions
53
Parallels from Qumran and the Rabbinic Literature
60
18 and Eph 4 810
67
The Significance of Genesis 2 24 for Interpreting Ephesians 5 31f119
118
The Train of Thought of Ephesians 5 2133
131
Hermeneutics and Theology in Ephesians 5 31 A Fresh Look
137
Conclusion
152
The Fifth Commandment in Jewish sources and in the NT
159
Households and Household Codes in Early Christianity
165
The Place of Chapter 6 1020 within the Epistle
180
The Struggle against the Powers
196

The Midrash which Follows the Quotation
76
Eph 4 711 in Context
84
Do not let the sun go down Eph 4 26b Ps 4 5b Deut 24 15
90
TRADITION IN EPH 5 14
97
The FormCritical Problem
105
Rabbinic Evidence
111
CONCLUSION
213
The Authors Hermeneutics
219
BIBLIOGRAPHY
221
INDEX OF REFERENCES
234
AUTHOR INDEX
251
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Thorsten Moritz, Ph.D. (1994) in Theology, University of London, is Lecturer at the Cheltenham & Gloucester College of Higher Education. He has published articles on the religious background of Ephesians, the letter's relationship to Colossians and on Luke's Gospel.