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Swimming in the Sea of Scripture: Paulís Use of the Old Testament in 2 Corinthians 4:7Ė13:13
Han, Paul

London: Bloomsbury, 2014 pp. vi + 221. $112.00

Series Information
Library of New Testament Studies, 519


Description: In examining the appropriation of Scripture in 2 Corinthians 4Ė13, Han argues that the apostle is not only aware of the original contexts of the passages he refers to, but also goes beyond the immediate contexts and brings in the larger context of the Old Testament. In the course of adapting the Scripture, necessary changes of referent occur and Paul appears to use the method of identification in reading the Old Testament. Whether it is Paul himself, the Corinthians or the opponents, various kinds of identification take place with the scriptural writers and the characters mentioned in it. This identification extends even to the point of identifying the Corinthians with the Servant of Isaiah, Jesus and God. From this it is suggested that there is a concept of 'corporate identity' present throughout the chapters, which is also seen in the Old Testament.In many cases Paul's basic thrust is sufficiently clear even without any understanding of scriptural references he makes. This is because Paul often makes a rhetorical use of the Scripture by citing a text at climactic points or near the closing of a section he is developing to strengthen his points, even as he brings in the 'big picture' of the Old Testament.

Subjects: Bible, Hebrew Bible/Old Testament, New Testament, Pauline Epistles, 2 Corinthians, Literature, Methods, Theological Approaches, Biblical Theology, Hebrew Bible/Old Testament Theology, New Testament Theology, Other Methods

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Review by Seth M. Ehorn
Published 12/15/2016
Citation: Seth M. Ehorn, review of Paul Han, Swimming in the Sea of Scripture: Paulís Use of the Old Testament in 2 Corinthians 4:7Ė13:13, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2016).


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