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Paulus se gebruik van Psalm 68 in Efesiërs 4

L. Floor, F.P. Viljoen
In die Skriflig/In Luce Verbi | Vol 37, No 2 | a465 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/ids.v37i2.465 | © 2003 L. Floor, F.P. Viljoen | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 02 August 2003 | Published: 02 August 2003

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L. Floor, Skool vir Bybelwetenskappe en Bybeltale, Potchefstroomse Universiteit vir CHO, South Africa
F.P. Viljoen, Skool vir Bybelwetenskappe en Bybeltale, Potchefstroomse Universiteit vir CHO, South Africa

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Abstract

Paul’s use of Psalm 68 in Ephesians 4

The use of the Old Testament in the New Testament is one of the key issues in the field of intertextuality. Intertextual studies can be fascinating, but sometimes pose difficulties. Solutions are often less obvious. One difficult crux interpretum is found in Ephesians 4:8. Here the New Testament author makes a significant Christological application of Psalm 68:19. In its own context this Old Testament passage relates to the acceptance of (congratulatory) gifts by a victorious Israelite king. Ephesians 4:8, however, relates this passage to the provision of gifts by the victorious and ascended Christ. A comparison between these two verses immediately reveals certain differences. The question underlying this article therefore is: why does the New Testament citation differ on important issues from Psalms 68:19 in its Old Testament context, and what is the significance of these differences?

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Intertextuality; Inner-Biblical Exegesis; Psalm 68 And Ephesians 4; Song And Dogma

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