). See on 1 Corinthians 15:20 1 Corinthians 15:23
. The metaphor is from Numbers 15:19
. The LXX has aparchn puramato
, first of the dough as a heave offering. The lump
). From which the first fruit came. See on Numbers 9:21
. Apparently the patriarchs are the first fruit. The root
). Perhaps Abraham singly here. The metaphor is changed, but the idea is the same. Israel is looked on as a tree. But one must recall and keep in mind the double sense of Israel in Numbers 9:6
. (the natural and the spiritual).