Karen H. Jobes
Gerald H. Hawthorne Professor of New Testament
Wheaton College and Graduate School
By exploring the intertextual context formed by quotations and allusions to the Greek Old Testament, this paper considers how to understand the referent of to; logiko;n a[dolon gavla ejpipoqhvsate (to logikon adolon gala epipothésate; "crave pure, spiritual milk") in 1 Pet 2:2. The understanding of the milk as the word of God is rejected in favor of a reading that refers to craving the moral transformation necessary to sustain life in Christ.