The "Moveable Well" in 1 Cor 10:4: An Extrabiblical Tradition in an Apostolic Text

@article{Enns1996TheW,
  title={The "Moveable Well" in 1 Cor 10:4: An Extrabiblical Tradition in an Apostolic Text},
  author={Peter E. Enns},
  journal={Bulletin for Biblical Research},
  year={1996}
}
  • P. Enns
  • Published 1 January 1996
  • Philosophy
  • Bulletin for Biblical Research
The purpose of this study is to explore the presence and implications of a Jewish exegetical tradition in Paul's appeal to the exodus/wilderness episode in 1 Cor 10:4. The goal is threefold: (1) to establish that 1 Cor 10:4 is in fact an example of a ubiquitous exegetical tradition that understood the rock in the desert (Exodus 17; Numbers 20–21) as being in some sense mobile: it "followed" the Israelites; (2) to explore briefly the exegetical process that gave rise to this tradition; and (3… 

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