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Title: Paul and his contemporaries as social critics of the Roman stress on persona : a study of 2 Corinthians, Epictetus, and Valerius Maximus
Author: Nguyen, Viet Henry T.
Awarding Body: University of Aberdeen
Current Institution: University of Aberdeen
Date of Award: 2008
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This dissertation explores Paul's approach to the social conflicts involving Christian identity in 2 Corinthians. In order to grasp the dynamics of 'social identity' in the world of the .New Testament, this study examines the significance of the concept of persona and the Roman stress on persona for denoting a person's identify in the Graeco-Roman world in the first century CEo In addition, this study examines Paul's critique of social identity in light of two other figures - Epictetus and Valerius Maximus - and their critiques. All three social critics react against a conventional (or popular) view of persona, which is a preoccupation with its superficial features. In the case of Paul, 2 Corinthians is investigated to show Paul's reaction against the Corinthian Christians' adoption of the conventional values of persona that were prevalent in Roman Corinth. Paul's conflict with the Corinthians is clearly seen in their superficial assessment of his persona as lacking the appropriate credentials for an apostle. Throughout the letter, Paul denounces the conventional values of persona by rejecting the external elements of the outer person and emphasising instead the inner person. Furthermore, in contrast to the Corinthians' conventional values of persona, Paul promotes a subversive Christ-like identity, which is a visible embodiment of the dying and life of Jesus Christ.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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