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Suffering as Defense of Paul’s Apostolic Authority in Galatians and 2 Corinthians 11
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Theology.
2009 (English)In: Svensk Exegetisk Årsbok, ISSN 1100-2298, Vol. 74, 127-143 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Having examined how Paul relies on his experiences of suffering hardships and persecutions to defend his apostolic authority, this article suggests the potential—if not the inevitability—of competing valuations of suffering, especially when one or both parties bring such valuations to bear upon a polemical context of disputed authority.  Neither Paul nor his opponents in Galatia or Corinth would have accepted the other’s claims to having been oppressed, maligned or otherwise unjustly treated by the other party, since each side defied the other out of loyalty to their different conceptions of the Christian gospel.  Interpreters today should therefore be cautious to embrace Paul’s valuations of his suffering as if they were, or are, somehow objectively “true.”  Certainly for Paul and constituted a key part of his argument to reestablish his authority among the Galatians and would likely have played a significant role in determining which, if any, version of the Christian gospel the Galatians would ultimately embrace and which apostolic authority would be recognized in Corinth.

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2009. Vol. 74, 127-143 p.
Keyword [en]
apostle paul, authority, suffering, opponents
National Category
Religious Studies
Research subject
New Testament Exegesis
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-140638OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-140638DiVA: diva2:384145
Available from: 2011-01-07 Created: 2011-01-07 Last updated: 2011-01-07

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