The relationship between Paul and the Jesus Tradition (JT) has been strenuously debated, with many scholars concluding that Paul is disinterested in JT. The present article gives evidence to the contrary. First, it outlines a methodology based on the transmission models of Dunn and Bauckham. The bulk of the article then applies that method to three passages in 1 Corinthians in which Paul cites JT (1 Cor 7:10–11; 9:14; 11:23–25). These exegetical observations are summarized by identifying a pattern of nine features of the way Paul uses JT in 1 Corinthians. The article concludes that, given his audience and purpose in 1 Corinthians, Paul uses JT legitimately.

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