Does the New Testament use the Old Testament in a contextual manner, that is, acknowledging the literary context from where the reference is taken? The thesis of this article is that Paul’s use of Exodus 32:6 in 1 Corinthians 10:7 and the flow of the argument in 1 Corinthians 10:1–13 are best understood against the literary context of covenant making, breaking, and renewal in Exodus 19-Exodus 34. Reading against this wider context gives better coherence to 1 Corinthians 8-1 Corinthians 11. Hwang undertakes an exegetical study of Exodus 32:6 in its broad and immediate context, ascertaining its precise function as part of covenant feasting.
Source: Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society, 2011. 15 pages.