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  1. Just remember Sandmel’s old warning against parralelomania, defined as “that extravagance among  scholars which first overdoes the supposed similarity in passages and then proceeds to  describe source and derivation as if implying literary connection flowing in an inevitable or  predetermined direction” (“Parallelomania,” JBL 81).

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  2. I completely agree, Josh, but we cannot believe that the NT was created in a vacuum. Since the Maccabean period was so close to Paul’s, and indeed, the theology of the Maccabees was Paul’s, it makes a sense to believe that Paul does have cultural connections – thoughts, words – which was carried over from this group. In the Maccabean books, we find the genesis of the Pharisees. Paul was a Pharisee – so it is natural to assume that he used this foundation in his life.

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