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Bibil Identifier bibil:220842
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) Paul's Imprisonment as the Glory of the Ethnē
Title (English, ) A Discourse Analysis of Ephesians 3:1-13
Author Sherwood, Aaron
Journal Bulletin for Biblical Research (Volume: 22, Issue: 1)
Year (Publication) 2012
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2012
Year (Copyright) 2012
Year (Reference) 2012
Language English
Pages 97-111 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract In Eph 3:2 Paul is moved to interrupt his prayer for the audience by something he has said in v. 1, and he does not resume the prayer until 3:14, after the digression of vv. 2-13. The reason for Paul's digression and how it satisfactorily addresses whichever concern prompted it represents a lacuna in Ephesians scholarship. This essay engages in a discours analysis of Eph 3:1-13 to clarify it structure, thereby revealing the purpose it serves in its immediate context as well as its role within the letter as a whole. So that the audience mitght accept his instruction, Paul argues that, beacause his imprisonment is defined by his apostleship, his imprisonment is not a source of shame that undermines God's purposes but rather a source of honor that confirms God's eschatological plan. Consequently, the prayer in 3:1, 14-19 now has behind it not just the audience's narratio of 1:20-22 but the joint force of the audience's narratio together with Paul's narratioi in 3:1-13.
Pericopes Ephesians 3
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