An End to Enmity: Paul and the "Wrongdoer" of Second by L. L. Welborn

By L. L. Welborn

An finish to Enmity casts mild upon the shadowy determine of the offender of moment Corinthians by means of exploring the social and rhetorical conventions that ruled friendship, enmity and reconciliation within the Greco-Roman international. The ebook places ahead a singular speculation concerning the identification of the offender and the character of his offence opposed to Paul. Drawing upon the prosopographic info of Paul s Corinthian epistles and the epigraphic and archaeological list of Roman Corinth, the writer shapes a powerful photo of the type of person who did Paul flawed and triggered soreness to either Paul and the Corinthians. The concluding bankruptcy reconstructs the historical past of Paul s courting with an influential convert to Christianity at Corinth.

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In 7:5 – 12, Paul concedes that he has pained his readers by means of a letter; but the letter has also had the good effect that the Corinthians have been moved to repentance and have carried out the punishment of the wrongdoer, and thus have given proof of their obedience. 2 Naturally, the connections would be closer and more significant if, as Johannes Weiss proposed, 2 Cor. 3 But even without this hy- 1 2 3 The identity of the situations in 2 Cor. 2:5 – 11 and 7:12 is recognized by all interpreters, including those who equate the wrongdoer with the incestuous man of 1 Cor.

These are the principal defects of the studies by Kruse, “The Offender and the Offence,” 129 – 39 and Hall, Unity of the Corinthian Correspondence, 227 – 35. See the comments of Furnish, II Corinthians, 164. D. R. Hall, “Pauline Church Discipline,” TynBul 20 (1969) 3 – 26, esp. 15 – 17; idem, Unity of the Corinthian Correspondence, 227 – 35. Rightly, Windisch, Der zweite Korintherbrief, 92; Furnish, II Corinthians, 166. Barrett, “O ADIJGSAS,” 149 – 57; repr. 61 – 69. Chapter Two. History of Scholarship 17 in the text.

Chapter Two. 12 Yet, Bleek was not prepared to give up the traditional identification, and evidently saw no alternative. Bleek imagined a scenario in which, after the incestuous man had received Paul’s judgment in 1 Cor. 5, he hardened his heart and persisted in the practice, and the community did nothing to hinder him. 13 With the rise of historical consciousness in the nineteenth century, it became more and more difficult to reconcile the differences between the incestuous man of 1 Cor. 5 and the wrongdoer of 2 Cor.

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