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The Figure of Adam in Romans 5 and 1 Corinthians 15: The New Creation and Its Ethical and Social Reconfiguration
Legarreta-Castillo, Felipe de Jesús

Minneapolis: Fortress, 2014 pp. x + 217. $49.00

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Emerging Scholars



Description: It is widely recognized that in some of his letters, Paul develops a Christology based on a comparison between Adam and Christ, and that this Christology has antecedents in Jewish interpretation of Genesis 1–4. But Paul was not concerned simply to develop themes found in scripture. Felipe Legarreta gives careful attention to patterns of exegesis in Second-Temple Judaism and identifies, for the first time, a number of motifs by which Jews drew ethical implications from the story of Adam and his expulsion from Eden. He then demonstrates that throughout the "Christological" passages in Romans and 1 Corinthians, Paul is taking part in a wider Jewish exegetical and ethical discussion regarding life in the new creation.

Subjects: Bible, Literature, Methods, Literary Approaches, Theological Approaches

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Review by John Anthony Dunne
Published 5/13/2015
Citation: John Anthony Dunne, review of Felipe de Jesús Legarreta-Castillo, The Figure of Adam in Romans 5 and 1 Corinthians 15: The New Creation and Its Ethical and Social Reconfiguration, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2015).


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