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Title: Is Paul also among the prophets? : an examination of the relationship between Paul and the Old Testament prophetic tradition in 2 Corinthians
Author: Aernie, Jeffrey W.
ISNI:       0000 0003 8117 926X
Awarding Body: University of Aberdeen
Current Institution: University of Aberdeen
Date of Award: 2011
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Despite a broad consensus within Pauline scholarship that Paul develops certain aspects of his apostolic self-understanding and argument with reference to the OT prophetic tradition, there has been little systematic analysis of the ways in which the material in canonical 2 Corinthians contributes to this facet of Pauline studies. The present study seeks to elucidate the prophetic dimensions of both Paul’s self-presentation and rhetoric in this portion of the Corinthian correspondence. An initial attempt is made (chapter two) to define the parameters of the OT prophetic tradition through an examination of prophetic material in the OT and its relationship with the prophetic material in Second Temple Judaism, Hellenistic prophetic traditions, and the prophetic dimensions of the early Christian movement. The subsequent analysis of material in 1 Corinthians (chapter three) constitutes an investigation of the effect of the OT prophetic tradition on Paul’s selfpresentation in 1 Cor 9:15-18 and rhetorical framework in 1 Cor 14:20-25 as a methodological foundation for the exegetical analysis of 2 Corinthians. The study then turns to an extensive exploration of the influence of the OT prophetic tradition on both Paul’s apostolic self-presentation (chapter four) and rhetoric (chapter five) in 2 Corinthians. The analysis of Paul’s self-presentation examines the apostle’s relationship with particular prophetic figures (Moses, the Isaianic servant, and Jeremiah) in order to define Paul’s position with regard to the preceding prophetic tradition. The analysis of Paul’s argument at certain points of the epistle (2 Cor 2:14-16; 4:1-6; 6:14-7:1; 12:1-10) then seeks to examine the influence of the OT prophetic tradition on the formation of Paul’s rhetorical framework. The intention within this argument is to provide support for the notion that the particularly prophetic nature of Paul’s apostolic persona affects both his self-presentation and rhetorical agenda in 2 Corinthians.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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