From: George Athas (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Wed Mar 25 1998 - 18:16:42 EST
The fact that Paul seems to be using a specific 'religious' term does
necessarily mean that he was referring to the Mystery religions. We
religious terminology in everyday language, such as the term "baptism of
and we often take deliberate religious terms and couch them in 'profane'
circumstances. For example, any person's last meal is a "Last Supper".
call a long, extended speech a "liturgy". A sweet child is a "cherub".
call someone a "Judas" we don't mean they betrayed Christ. We
time. A policeman's cap and baton are the "sacraments" of his job. We
on and on till "kingdom come"!
Essentially, it is a question of context. Paul has been initiated into
Club" and the "Plenty Club", so he's seen the extremes. That is his
reference to Mystery religions does seem most mystifying! <<boom boom>>
Best regards as always!
PhD (Cand.), University of Sydney
Tutor of Hebrew, Moore Theological College
Phone: 0414 839 964 ICQ#: 5866591
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