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“We do not want you to be unaware…”: Disclosure, concealment and suffering in 2 Cor 1-7

Starling, David I. (2014) “We do not want you to be unaware…”: Disclosure, concealment and suffering in 2 Cor 1-7. New Testament Studies, 60 (2). pp. 266-279. ISSN 0028-6885

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Abstract

This article argues that the double negative form of the ‘disclosure formula’ in 2 Cor 1.8 (οὐ … θέλομεν ὑμᾶς ἀγνοεῖν) is not merely a stylistic variation on θέλομεν ὑμᾶς γινώσκειν but performs the additional rhetorical function of disavowing any attempt on Paul's part to hide the story of his sufferings from the church in Corinth. The transition from 1.8–11 to 1.12–14 (which many commentators struggle to explain) thus becomes a smooth and obvious one, suggesting a close interconnection between Paul's defence of his transparency and integrity in 1.12–2.13 and his apology for his sufferings in 2.14–7.4

Item Type: Published Articles
Repository Version: Published Version
Keywords: 2 Corinthians, disclosure formula, suffering, epistolary criticism
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 Jun 2016 04:39
Last Modified: 23 Mar 2018 04:30
URI: http://repository.divinity.edu.au/id/eprint/2004

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