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Bibil Identifier bibil:218219
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) "Imitators" (Mimetai) in 1 Cor. 4:16 and 11:1: A New Reading of Threefold Embodiment
Author Kim, Yung Suk
Journal Horizons in Biblical Theology (Volume: 33, Issue: 2)
Year (Publication) 2011
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2011
Year (Copyright) 2011
Year (Reference) 2011
Language English
Pages 147-170 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract When it comes to the language of “imitation“ (mimesis) in Paul's letters (1 Cor. 4:16; 11:1; Phil. 3:17; 1 Thess. 1:6-7; 2:14), divisions among scholars are most clearly manifest. At one end of the scholarly spectrum, Paul follows a Stoic model of imitation, according to which the teacher exhorts pupils to follow him, based upon his authority established (demonstrated) by good conduct. Accordingly, Paul is viewed as an advocate of the Hellenistic ideal of unity at the expense of diversity. At the other end of the spectrum, Paul is seen as a social conservative and an obstacle to true liberation. Here the idea of imitation serves as a means of control and domination of others, as post-colonial and feminist scholars have pointed out. So Paul's exhortation to “be imitators of me, as I am of Christ“ (1 Cor. 11:1) is understood as a demand for sameness, an appeal to copy Paul. However, the language of imitation can be read through the eyes of “embodiment“—a way of life, as an alternate meaning of imitation in 1 Corinthians, which will lead to the involvement of three aspects of God, Christ and the believer. I argue that imitation in 1 Corinthians is neither a copy or sameness nor a type or model to be emulated by the Corinthians. Rather, it should be understood as a way of life rooted in the image of Christ crucified, which plays a central role in the letter, deconstructing abusive, destructive powers in a community and society and reconstructing a beloved community for all.
DOI 10.1163/187122011X546796
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : New Testament (Introduction) : Theology : Themes : Imitation
Pericopes 1 Corinthians 4,16
1 Corinthians 11,1
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