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Title: Paul's defense of his apostleship in 2 Corinthians 10-13 and its relation to the collection for the church at Jerusalem
Author: McClelland, Scott Edward
Awarding Body: University of Edinburgh
Current Institution: University of Edinburgh
Date of Award: 1981
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The study seeks to make a contribution to the understanding of the occasion purpose, and arrangement of St. Paul's so-called 'Second Epistle to the Corinthians'. The work revives a somewhat neglected controversy as to the original status of the epistle's final four chapters. The paper provides, as background, the usual compliment of 'partition* and 'unity' theories which have historically been advanced in an attempt to explain the somewhat awkward change of tone which appears to exist between chapters 1-9 and chapters 10-13 of the epistle. The burden of the work is to seek an internally recognizable link between these two sections which helps to confirm the strong external textual evidence supporting the unity and integrity of the epistle's present chapter arrangement. Thus, by reviewing the Corinthian correspondence as a whole, with special reference to Paul's financial relationship with his churches, this study arrives at the thesis that within Paul's discussion of the collection for Jerusalem there is found this internal link which is necessary for a proper understanding of the relationship between chapters 1-9 and 10-13. Specifically it is within the context of Paul's dramatic third visit to Corinth that he made his appeal to the Corinthians to turn away from the false trachers and to show 'active obedience* toward him, their founding apostle. In effect, Paul had determined that the Corinthian response to the collection for Jerusalem would indicate their degree of receptivity to his ministry and to his gospel. Therefore, this study maintains that the relationship between the two major sections of the epistle can best be understood as two sides of a 'pro-con* argument intended to persuade the Corinthians to contribute to the collection and, thus, to indicate that they were willing to submit to the authority of Paul as their apostle. In the course of this study certain other contributions have been made, specifically in the area of Paul's financial relationship with his churches. Paul's somewhat contradictory statements concerning his refusal to accept financial support in principle (ICor. 9) and his subsequent admission of having accepted such support (namely from Philippi) are reviewed and a solution is proposed.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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