Echoes of Isaiah 40-66 in 2 Corinthians Open Access

Foster, Jessica (2017)

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How does Paul read Scripture? This study contends that Paul is a competent, attentive reader of Scripture who defines his apostolic ministry by using its images and categories. Inspired by Richard Hays' Echoes of Scripture in the Letters of Paul, this study investigates intertextual echoes resounding from allusions to Isaiah 40-66 in 2 Corinthians. Some of the allusions include Paul and Christ as Suffering Servant, proclamation of reconciliation and new creation, and the ministry of paraklesis (consolation). These allusions are not coincidental, but develop the meaning of the text, and their full import can only be grasped with careful attention to their original context. Finally, in appreciating and imitating Paul as pastor-theologian, this study concludes with a reflection on the pastoral implications of Paul's usage of Isaiah within 2 Corinthians.

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