By Cilliers Breytenbach

How did the 1st Christians interpret the loss of life of Christ? the reply lies in the earliest Christian files, basically in the Pauline letters. ahead of the clients of a contemporary language may wish to come back close to an sufficient description of what was once expressed in those Greek texts of the 1st Christians, they need to deconstruct layers of later dogmatic interpretation. they should continue to descriptive terminology reflecting the Greek of the assets and to track the foundation of the metaphoric language early Christians like Paul used. This quantity units out to build a number of the Jewish and Greco-Roman styles of inspiration that have been first and foremost utilised to precise the which means of the loss of life of Christ.

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Zweites Fazit Wenn wir—mit gutem Grund—lediglich von „Christi Tod für uns/unsere Sünde“ reden, sollte klar bleiben, daß das „für uns“ bzw. „für unsere Sünde“ noch der Interpretation bedarf. Sobald wir dies tun möchten, greifen wir oft auf interpretative Kategorien wie „Stellvertretungstod“ oder „Sühnetod“ zurück. Die Kategorie „Stellvertretung“ läßt sich philologisch an die π ρ-Formulierungen in  Kor :, ; Gal :; : und Röm :, ; : anbinden. Solange wir uns jedoch bewußt sind, daß der Begriff „Stellvertretung“ unsere Sprache und nicht die Sprache des Paulus ist, können solche heuristischen Hilfskategorien verständnisfördernd sein.

Spec. : τ ν δ περ μαρτ ας π εραπε α ν πλημμ λησεν ψυχ . J. , ; vgl. ; vgl. ). 51 Vgl. Harlé und Pralon, Le Lévitique, : „Le grec imite la flexibilité d’emploi du terme hébreu hatt"at, ‚faute‘, qui peut désigner la faute elle-même, le rite pour la faute et l’animal immolé pour la faute. . “ Vgl.  f. 52 R. Rendtorff, Levitikus (BKAT  / ; Neukirchen-Vluyn: Neukirchener, ), , schreibt zu Lev :: „G versteht úàèçì wie das vorhergehende åúàèç­ìò und übersetzt beidemal περ τ ς μαρτ ας α το .

Lichtenberger; Neukirchen-Vluyn: Neukirchener, ), –. versöhnung, stellvertretung und „sühne“  ‚zum Schutz von‘, . . “28 Diese | Bemerkun-  gen Versnels lassen die Frage aufkommen, ob der Tod „für“ in der urchristlichen Tradition immer zugleich als Stellvertretungstod aufzufassen ist. E. ist dies in den paulinischen Texten nicht immer möglich. Bei Paulus gibt es drei zwar verwandte, aber dennoch zu differenzierende Auffassungen: Die erste Vorstellung in Röm : ist eigentlich eher untypisch, zeigt aber, daß Paulus die dem Judentum bekannte,29 ursprünglich hellenistische Auffassung des Sterbens „zum Schutz von“ einer Tugend oder einer Person auch unabhängig von der Paradosis in  Kor :b kannte.

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