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Bibil Identifier bibil:202539
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) Reclaiming Paul? Reconfiguration as Reclamation in 3 Corinthians
Author White, Benjamin L.
Journal Journal of Early Christian Studies (Volume: 17, Issue: 4)
Year (Publication) 2009
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2009
Year (Copyright) 2009
Year (Reference) 2009
Language English
Pages 497-523 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract This article pursues an alternative approach to situating the historical circumstances and rhetorical strategies of the author of 3 Corinthians. Whereas most scholarship on 3 Corinthians has set out to ascertain the specific opponents lurking behind the polemic of the text (Simon Magus, Saturnilus, Marcion, Valentinus, etc.), I believe that this task is futile and that a close reading of the "Paul" constructed by the text's author pays more fruitful dividends in situating the text. Specifically, I will argue that 3 Corinthians is a late second-century proto-orthodox invocation of the "Pastoral" Paul (i.e. the Paul of the Pastoral Epistles), who stands as the defender of apostolic teaching in the face of "deviant views" of a generally "gnostic" variety. Its closest rhetorical analogue is Irenaeus of Lyons. Both the author of 3 Corinthians and Irenaeus participate in a broad, late second-century move to reclaim Paul from the "heretics." Yet in each of these cases, the reclamation projects involve a tacit reconfiguration of the "historical" Paul. Among other things, Paul ironically becomes a defender of σάρξ.
DOI DOI:10.1353/earl.0.0291
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Books of the New Testament : Pastoral Epistles
Thesaurus BiBIL : Ancient Christianity : Ancient Christian Literature : Texts and Authors (Church Fathers) : Texts and Authors : Irenaeus
Thesaurus BiBIL : Milieu : Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha : Apocryphal Texts relating to New Testament Characters or Events : Apostles / Acts : Paul : Acts of Paul : 3 Corinthians / Apocryphal Correspondence between the Corinthians and Paul
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