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Paul's Line of Thought in 2 Corinthians 4:16-5:10
Lindgard, Fredrik

Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2005 pp. xi + 282. €59.00

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Wissenschaftliche Untersuchungen zum Neuen Testament, 2/189

Description: Fredrik Lindgård analyzes verses 4:16-5:10 in 2 Corinthians, verses which have often been used to argue that Pauls eschatology developed over time or to ascertain whether or not Paul is an anthropological dualist. Pauls concern is how the Corinthians see him. His aim is to show them that he is frank and open to them and that his attitude to adversities confirms that he is a real apostle. He reveals his thoughts and emotions when facing suffering. The author shows that the section and its context do not support the view that Paul changed or developed his eschatology. Instead, the text displays the unsystematic character of Pauls eschatology. Concepts which Paul normally uses separately occur side by side without elaboration. Although Paul uses both dualistic and holistic language, the dominating feature is dualism. The analysis shows that a wide rhetorical approach can be useful when trying to understand Paul.

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

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Review by Thomas Schmeller
Published 6/7/2008
Citation: Thomas Schmeller, review of Fredrik Lindgard, Paul's Line of Thought in 2 Corinthians 4:16-5:10, Review of Biblical Literature [] (2008).

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