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1 Corinthians 9.9–11: A Literal Interpretation of ‘Do not Muzzle the Ox’

  • D. Instone Brewer (a1)

When Paul interprets ‘Do not muzzle the ox while threshing’ as ‘do not neglect to pay Christian ministers’, commentators have quite naturally assumed that his exegesis was allegorical. However, comparisons with contemporary rabbinic exegesis suggest that this would have been regarded as a literal interpretation of the plain meaning of the text.

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J. Z. Lauterbach , ‘Ancient Jewish Allegorists in Talmud and Midrash’, JQR NS 1 (19101911) 291333, 503–31

J. T. Noonan Jr, ‘The Muzzled Ox’, JQR 70 (1980) 172–5

G. M. Lee , ‘Studies in Texts: 1 Corinthians 9.9–10’, Theology 71 (1968)122–3.

M. D. Hooker , ‘Beyond the Things That Are Written? St Paul's Use of Scripture’, NTS 27 (19801981) 295309:305.

D. Cohn-Sherbok , ‘Paul and Rabbinic Exegesis’, SJT 35 (1982) 117–32:132.

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New Testament Studies
  • ISSN: 0028-6885
  • EISSN: 1469-8145
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