By L. L. Welborn
An finish to Enmity casts mild upon the shadowy determine of the culprit of moment Corinthians via exploring the social and rhetorical conventions that ruled friendship, enmity and reconciliation within the Greco-Roman global. The booklet places ahead a unique speculation concerning the identification of the offender and the character of his offence opposed to Paul. Drawing upon the prosopographic information of Paul s Corinthian epistles and the epigraphic and archaeological checklist of Roman Corinth, the writer shapes a strong photo of the type of person who did Paul flawed and prompted ache 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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The text was already discussed in connection with 2 Cor. 7:12 by Windisch, Der zweite Korintherbrief, 238. 91 Thrall, “The Offender and the Offence,” 74 – 76. A connection between the action of the wrongdoer and Paul’s collection for the poor in Jerusalem was already posited by Betz, 2 Corinthians 8 and 9, 97. 92 Dieter Georgi, Die Geschichte der Kollekte des Paulus für Jerusalem (Hamburg: Reich, 1965; English trans. Remembering the Poor: The History of Paul’s Collection for Jerusalem (Nashville: Abingdon, 1992); Betz, 2 Corinthians 8 and 9, esp.
69 But this attempt to dispose of the problem by redefining the issue fails to take account of differences between 1 Cor. 5 and 2 Cor. 2 and 7, precisely in regard to Paul’s concern for the spiritual well-being of the congregation as a whole: in 1 Cor. 5, Paul is concerned about the moral purity of the community, and the Corinthians are commanded to remove the incestuous man from their midst; in 2 Cor. 70 Precisely when one focuses upon Paul’s concern for the Corinthians in the relevant passages, two very different situations come into view.
55 Tertullian, Pud. 13; cf. Plummer, Second Epistle, 54. 14 Chapter Two. History of Scholarship As suggested earlier, the verbal similarities between 1 Cor. 5:1 – 5 and 2 Cor. 2:5 – 11, which held such attraction for defenders of the traditional identification of the wrongdoer, are discovered, upon closer inspection, to be superficial, and actually indicative of fundamental differences between the two cases, when the vocabulary is examined in context. Note the different role assigned to Satan in the two passages: in 1 Cor.
An End to Enmity: Paul and the "Wrongdoer" of Second Corinthians by L. L. Welborn