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Intertextuality and historical approaches to the use of Scripture in the New Testament

Steve Moyise

Verbum et Ecclesia; Vol 26, No 2 (2005), 447-458. doi: 10.4102/ve.v26i2.235

Submitted: 03 October 2005
Published:  03 October 2005


In a previous article in this journal (2002:418-31), I offered a taxonomy of five ways that the term “intertextuality” is being used in biblical studies. In this article, I wish to clarify the relationship between intertextuality and historical approaches to the use of Scripture in the New  Testament. I take as a case study the use of Isaiah 8:12-13 in 1 Peter 3:14-15 and conclude that historical and literary approaches both have an important role to play in elucidating the meaning of this text. I also take the opportunity of responding to some of the arguments put forward by critics of intertextuality.

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Steve Moyise, University College Chichester, UK, United Kingdom


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