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‘He Will Rescue Us Again’: Affliction and Hope in 2 Corinthians 1:8–11

Winter, Sean F. (2020) ‘He Will Rescue Us Again’: Affliction and Hope in 2 Corinthians 1:8–11. Religions, 11 (5). p. 222. ISSN 2077-1444

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Dark times can generate crippling despair all too easily. Resources for resistance to despair and for the discovery and articulation of hope are not always readily apparent. This essay considers Paul’s account of his own immersion in such a situation: An ‘affliction’ that left him ‘unbearably crushed’, ‘despairing of life itself’ (2 Cor 1:9), and under a ‘sentence of death’ (2 Cor 1:10). Making a speculative proposal about the nature of Paul’s experience, the essay goes on to argue that Paul identified two fundamental resources for hope. The first is a conviction about an eschatological act that undoes the sentence of death and effects the possibility of rescue or deliverance. The second is a form of human solidarity that generates potential reorientation to the reality of ‘rescue’. While the essay explores these ideas within the terms and framework of Paul’s rhetoric in 2 Corinthians, it will do so with one clear eye on the potential resources that Pauline theology offers those who live in inexplicably dark times today, not least by considering the potential resources for political optimism.

Item Type: Published Articles
Repository Version: Published Version
Keywords: 2 Corinthians; Pauline theology; eschatology; hope; solidarity
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: Applied Research
Subjects: B - New Testament
College/Association with University of Divinity: Pilgrim Theological College
Depositing User: Rev Prof Sean Winter
Date Deposited: 14 May 2020 23:16
Last Modified: 14 May 2020 23:16
URI: http://repository.divinity.edu.au/id/eprint/3911

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