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Title: Mehr Wurzel als Stamm und Krone
Subtitle: Zur Bildrede vom Ölbaum in Röm 11,16-24
Author(s): SCHWINDT, Rainer
Journal: Biblica
Volume: 88    Issue: 1   Date: 2007   
Pages: 64-91
DOI: 10.2143/BIB.88.1.3188985

Abstract :
Exegesis and theology hope to gain important insights and fresh impetus for the Christian-Jewish dialogue from the metaphoric speech of Paul about the olive tree. The strong mutual penetration of figurativeness and interpretation as well as their primary paraenetic character imply however a varied semantics. The electing and promising word of God is the primary and decisive parameter of reference in the interpretation of the metaphoric structure. The interpretation of the individual image-elements as persons has to derive of it secondary. Their assignment is determined by the peculiar morphology of the olive tree. A look at growth and figure of the olive tree shows, that its roots, being nearly as strong as the trunk, can hardly be distinguished from it. Therefore a reference of the tree to Christ can be excluded. The traditional interpretation of the root as Abraham (or rather the patriarchs) and of the olive tree as Israel have the greatest plausibility on the secondary level. Both, Abraham and Israel, represent the electing and promising Logos of God. The faith-motive and further contextual indications give this theological basic dynamics a Christological component too. The faith in Christ puts under the promising word of God. Pagans and Jews will take part on the olive tree of life, which is nourished on the promising of God, the faith of the patriarchs and the gospel of Christ.

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