Scripture, Texts, and Tracings in 2 Corinthians and Philippians advances the interpretation of 2 Corinthians and Philippians by exploring how the Apostle Paul quotes, alludes to, or "echoes" the Jewish Scriptures. Identification of allusions is at the forefront, as are questions about the Torah, God's righteousness, reconciliation, new creation, new covenant, Christology, lament language, cultic metaphors, canon, rhetoric, and more.
A. Andrew Das is professor of religious studies and assistant dean of the faculty for assessment and accreditation at Elmhurst University.
B. J. Oropeza is professor of biblical and religious studies at Azusa Pacific University.
Introduction: Scripture, Texts, and Tracings in 2 Corinthians and Philippians — A. Andrew Das and B. J. Oropeza
Part 1. Paul’s Engagement with Scripture in 2 Corinthians
1. From Sinai to Corinth: Paul’s Allusions to Moses and Scripture in 2 Cor 2:14–4:6 — Paul B. Duff
2. Prophetic Hope for Israel in the Eschatological Ministry of 2 Corinthians 3:2–11 — A. Andrew Das
3. Second Corinthians 3–4 and the Language of Creation: The Citation of Gen 1:3 in 2 Cor 4:6 — James M. Scott
4. Paul as the Servant’s Servant: On Figural Reading and the Inherence of 2 Corinthians 5:14–6:10 and Isaiah 40–66 — Mark S. Gignilliat
5. Reconciliation in “Light” of Isaiah 8:22–9:7: Confirming Isaianic Influence on Paul’s Use of καταλλαγή in 2 Corinthians 5:17–21 — B. J. Oropeza
6. The Isaianic Judicial Background of ‘The Righteousness of God’ in 2 Cor 5:21 — Charles Lee Irons
7. Wrestling with Paul’s Use of Scripture in 2 Corinthians 6:16–18 — Roy E. Ciampa
8. Paul’s Use of Lament from Israel’s Scriptures in 2 Corinthians — Channing L. Crisler
9. The Harvest of your Righteousness: Scripture, Bread and Benefaction in 2 Corinthians 8–9 — David I. Starling
Part 2. Paul’s Engagement with Scripture in Philippians
10.Paul’s Rhetorical Argument and Use of Scripture across 2 Corinthians — Fredrick J. Long
11.Philippians 2:9–16: Who Is the Lord of the Eschaton and Whose Name Is Above Every Name? — Erik Waaler
12.Gathering Up the Fragments: Cultic Metaphors, Scripture, and Embodied Experience in Philippians — Jane Lancaster Patterson
Afterword: Paul’s Use of Scripture in 2 Corinthians and Philippians — David E. Garland
Over the past generation, scholars have increasingly come to recognize how deeply rooted all the New Testament authors were in the world of Israel’s scriptures. This collection of essays probes carefully below the surface of 2 Corinthians and Philippians to unearth the Old Testament roots of Paul’s thought, and to consider how those roots contribute to the flowering of his theology. These essays will open fresh lines of reflection for many. Highly recommended for everyone concerned with the interpretation of the Pauline letters.
This collection is a rich, methodologically thorough contribution to the field, tracing illuminating allusions and echoes of Scripture in 2 Corinthians and Philippians. The essays argue from diverse hermeneutical presuppositions and thus arrive at a variety of conclusions, but all demonstrate Paul’s in-depth rootedness in his Jewish traditions, creatively used in his reasoning with his addressees. The diversity represented is to be welcomed and opens doors and avenues for further critical discussion for scholars and students alike.