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An Apostle in Battle: Paul and Spiritual Warfare in 2 Corinthians 12:1–10
Bowens, Lisa M.

Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2017 pp. XIV + 260. $119.00

Series Information
Wissenschaftliche Untersuchungen zum Neuen Testament, 2/433


Description: In this close reading of 2 Corinthians 12:1-10, Lisa M. Bowens provides a detailed historical-critical exegesis and comparative analysis to establish that Paul links his ascent in 2 Corinthians 12:1-10 to 2 Corinthians 10:3-6 where he foregrounds a cosmic battle around the mind and the knowledge of God. In 10:3-6, the apostle presents a trilateral framework of cosmology, epistemology, and theological anthropology, which converge in his heavenly journey. Lisa M. Bowens examines a variety of Jewish and Greco-Roman texts and calls attention to the persistence and importance of martial imagery in chapters 10-13 of Second Corinthians, including in Paul's ascent narrative. Moreover, prayers of deliverance from evil forces become more prevalent around the first century, and this work situates Paul's request in 2 Corinthians 12:8 within this genre.

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

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Review by Gudrun Nassauer
Published 6/28/2018
Citation: Gudrun Nassauer, review of Lisa M. Bowens, An Apostle in Battle: Paul and Spiritual Warfare in 2 Corinthians 12:1–10, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2018).


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