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Paulís Triumph: Reassessing 2 Corinthians 2:14 in Its Literary and Historical Context
Heilig, Christoph

Leuven: Peeters, 2017 pp. xv + 335. $108.00

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Biblical Tools and Studies, 27


Description: Paul's metaphorical language in Second Corinthians 2:14 has troubled exegetes for a long time. Does the verb 'thriambeuein' indicate that Paul imagines himself as being led to execution in the Roman triumphal procession? Or is, by contrast, the victory in view that the apostles receive themselves? Maybe the Roman ritual does not constitute the background of this metaphor at all? Clarity with regard to these questions is a pressing issue in Pauline studies, given the fact that this metaphor introduces a central passage in the Pauline corpus that is of crucial importance for reconstructing the apostle's self-understanding. Heilig demonstrates that, if all the relevant data are taken into account, a coherent interpretation of Paul's statement is possible indeed. Moreover, Heilig brings the resulting meaning of Paul's statement into dialogue with the political discourse of the time, thus presenting a detailed argument for the complex critical interaction of Paul with the ideology of the Roman Empire.

Subjects: Bible, New Testament, Pauline Epistles, 2 Corinthians, Literature

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Review by Gudrun Nassauer
Published 7/12/2018
Citation: Gudrun Nassauer, review of Christoph Heilig, Paulís Triumph: Reassessing 2 Corinthians 2:14 in Its Literary and Historical Context, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2018).


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