By L. L. Welborn
An finish to Enmity casts gentle 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 global. The ebook places ahead a singular speculation in regards to the id of the perpetrator and the character of his offence opposed to Paul. Drawing upon the prosopographic information of Paul s Corinthian epistles and the epigraphic and archaeological list of Roman Corinth, the writer shapes a strong photo of the type of person who did Paul unsuitable and triggered ache to either Paul and the Corinthians. The concluding bankruptcy reconstructs the background of Paul s courting with an influential convert to Christianity at Corinth.
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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.
231 – 38, 285 – 304; idem, The Second and Third Epistles; James Moffatt, The Historical New Testament (New York: Schribner’s, 1901) 174 – 91; Gerald H. Rendall, The Epistles of Paul to the Corinthians (London: Macmillan, 1909) 4 – 6; Lake, The Earlier Epistles of St. Paul, 151 – 64; Plummer, Second Epistle, xxii-xxvi, xxxi-xxxiii; R. H. Strachan, The Second Epistle of St. Paul to the Corinthians (New York: Harper, 1935) xiv-xx; Francis Watson, “2 Cor. x-xiii and Paul’s Painful Letter to the Corinthians,” JTS 35/2 (1984) 324 – 46; Welborn, “The Identification of 2 Corinthians 10 – 13,” 138 – 53.
1 Tertullian was the exception in the history of interpretation. Tertullian argued that the two cases could not be identical, because Paul’s accounts of the situations, and especially his verdicts in the two cases, were entirely different: in 1 Cor. 5 Paul speaks explicitly of one who has committed fornication and defiled his father’s marriage bed, but in 2 Cor. 3 Having dissociated the wrongdoer from the incestuous man, Tertullian sought for another whom Paul could have intended when he spoke in 2 Cor.
An End to Enmity: Paul and the "Wrongdoer" of Second Corinthians by L. L. Welborn