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Bibil Identifier bibil:202185
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) The Language of War (2 Cor. 10:1-6) and the Language of Weakness (2 Cor. 11:21b-13:10)
Author Roetzel, Calvin J.
Journal Biblical Interpretation (Volume: 17, Issue: 1-2)
Year (Publication) 2009
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2009
Year (Copyright) 2009
Year (Reference) 2009
Year (Second publication) 2009
Language English
Pages 77-99 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract This essay seeks to engage the broader discussion of religious violence by focusing on the language of war of the Apostle Paul in 2 Cor. 10:1-6. By viewing this paragraph of martial rhetoric and its afterlife through the lens provided by two theoretical models, the disciplinary and emancipatory, this essay wonders if Paul's own second thoughts and apologies for his hurtful speech and fumbling attempts to find an alternative led him to offer an alternative. The paper suggests that the mockery of his opponents of his bodily presence as weak, in other words, womanish, once adopted by Paul, provided the inspiration for the fool's speech and a new model of manhood, in other words, power, in weakness that offered a directed reading of the scars on his back as the primary rebuttal of attacks on his apostolic legitimacy and that of his gospel. The threats and bullying that remain, however, show that Paul had neither repudiated threatening speech nor thought through the implications of his inspired model of the fool. That was left to others who made this model central to martyrological traditions that subverted the prevailing ideology of manhood.
DOI 10.1163/156851508X383395
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : New Testament (Introduction) : Theology : Themes : War
Thesaurus BiBIL : New Testament (Introduction) : Theology : Themes : Man
Pericopes 2 Corinthians 10,1-10,6
2 Corinthians 11,21-13,10
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