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The Apistoi of 2 Cor. 6:14: Beyond the Impasse

Starling, David I. (2012) The Apistoi of 2 Cor. 6:14: Beyond the Impasse. Novum Testamentum, 55. pp. 1-26. ISSN 0048-1009


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Amongst defenders of the Pauline authorship of 2 Cor 6:14-7:1, an impasse exists between those who read the ἄπιστοι of v. 14 as a reference to the Gentile pagans of the city and those who read it as a reference to the “false apostles” of chs. 10–13. In this article I suggest a possible resolution of that impasse, based on a re-examination of the content and function of holiness concepts within 2 Corinthians. The ἄπιστοι in view are indeed the Gentile pagans of Corinth, but the principal issue over which Paul is urging the Corinthians to separate from them is the pagan σοφία σαρκική that has distorted their assessments of Paul and his opponents.

Item Type: Published Articles
Repository Version: Published Version
Keywords: 2 Corinthians, interpolation, integrity, holiness, unbelievers, separation
Fields of Research: 22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2204 Religion and Religious Studies > 220401 Christian Studies (incl. Biblical Studies and Church History)
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970122 Expanding Knowledge in Philosophy and Religious Studies
Type of Activity: Pure Basic Research
Subjects: B - New Testament
College/Association with University of Divinity: Morling College
Depositing User: Dr David Starling
Date Deposited: 07 May 2013 00:44
Last Modified: 11 Nov 2014 00:49
URI: http://repository.divinity.edu.au/id/eprint/1185

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