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Durham University

Department of Theology and Religion


Publication details for Dr Jane Heath

Heath, Jane (2014). Moses' End and the Succession: Deuteronomy 31 and 2 Corinthians 3. New Testament Studies 60(01): 37-60.

Author(s) from Durham


This essay argues that Deut 29–32, especially Deut 31, plays a significant role in 2 Cor 3, especially vv. 7–18: Paul's elusive allegorical narrative draws on Deuteronomic motifs of ‘closure’ (the end of Moses, of the law and of the Israelites); the national observance of reading the law and encountering the Lord face to face; and the succession of Moses by one named Ἰησοῦς in the LXX. This analysis extends scholarly discussion of Paul's use of Deuteronomy and contributes to the wider debate about Paul's use of scripture and his understanding of Jesus' relationship to Moses and the Mosaic covenant.