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Title: 'So you shall put away the evil from among you'
Subtitle: Exclusion from the Community in Deuteronomy and in the Early Pauline Churches (1 Corinthians 5-7)
Author(s): BASTA, Pasquale
Volume: 100 Issue: 3 Date: 2019
In Paul’s letters not only extensive phenomena of quotation appear, but also the presence of OT motifs are echoed. This is the case in 1 Cor 5,13, with the explicit citation: 'Put away the wicked man from among you'. Rather than a single verse, this apodictic order is a leitmotiv of Deuteronomy (known as bi‘artā formula), where it recurs in nine passages. Some moral difficulties arising at Corinth — incest, appeals to pagan tribunals, and matrimonial questions — had already been dealt with in the case law of Deuteronomy. Consequently, the apostle looks at such contingent situations in the light of the OT, in a work of a good halakhic re-presentation and adaptation: in similar circumstances, the young Corinthian church has to follow the example of what had already been sanctioned within Deuteronomy, though with the due distinctions.