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Bibil Identifier bibil:226454
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) Physical and/or Spiritual Exclusion? Ecclesial Discipline in 1 Corinthians 5
Author Moses, Robert E.
Journal New Testament Studies (Volume: 59, Issue: 2)
Year (Publication) 2013
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2013
Year (Copyright) 2013
Year (Reference) 2013
Language English
Pages 172-191 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract When Paul asks for the incestuous man at Corinth to be handed over to Satan is he calling for mere physical expulsion from the community or is he calling for something more? We argue in this paper that the nature of the man's offense—i.e., an ostentatious display of sexual immorality that also receives theological justification from the perpetrator—demanded a harsher sentence beyond mere physical exclusion. Drawing on the book of Job, we show that the disciplinary practice Paul advocates in 1 Corinthians 5 is a spiritual practice that aims to remove the spiritual protection enjoyed by the incestuous man while he remained in the body of Christ, thereby exposing him to Satan's attacks. Paul's hope was that the affliction suffered by the man at the hands of Satan as a result of this exposure would lead to his repentance and ultimate salvation.
DOI 10.1017/S0028688512000288
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : New Testament (Introduction) : Theology : Paul
Thesaurus BiBIL : Ancient Christianity : Themes : Community (Social Group)
Thesaurus BiBIL : New Testament (Introduction) : Theology : Themes : Incest
Thesaurus BiBIL : New Testament (Introduction) : Theology : Themes : Anathema/Excommunication
Thesaurus BiBIL : Books of the Old Testament : Writings : Job
Pericopes 1 Corinthians 1,5
Psalms 89,32-89,33
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