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2 Corinthians: Crisis and Conflict Jay Twomey

2 Corinthians: Crisis and Conflict

Jay Twomey

Published October 15th 2013
ISBN : 9781909697225
Paperback
110 pages
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2 Corinthians offers a fascinating but fragmentary glimpse into Pauls continuing ties with the Corinthian community. At the same time, it is the site of many new critical challenges to traditional readings of Paul and early Christianity. In contrastMore2 Corinthians offers a fascinating but fragmentary glimpse into Pauls continuing ties with the Corinthian community. At the same time, it is the site of many new critical challenges to traditional readings of Paul and early Christianity. In contrast to 1 Corinthians, this letter largely eschews the debates and discussions, the interests and concerns of Pauls correspondents. Instead we find Paul engaged in a multi-pronged defence of his ministry in and beyond Corinth. Over the course of thirteen chapters he runs the gamut of the emotions, rhetorically, from tears to joy to biting anger, while struggling to keep his relationship with (some say, his control over) the community intact. This Guide considers the historical contexts, the literary forms, the social and rhetorical backgrounds, the politics, the theologies, and the reception of 2 Corinthians. Each chapter surveys recent scholarly approaches to the text, focussing especially on critical perspectives that mesh with our contemporary concerns about gender, identity, race and class. 2 Corinthians becomes, in the process, less the work of a single first-century writer than a set of fraught, even fractured, negotiations between competing interests and impulses, conducted in Pauls voice. The last chapter brings the letter into conversation with Nathaniel Hawthornes short story The Ministers Black Veil in order to shift the terms of the critical discussion from what Paul meant to how Paul means in later cultural moments.