“Thrown down but not Destroyed”

Paul’s Use of a Spectacle Metaphor in 2 Corinthians 4:7 15

In: Novum Testamentum
James R. Unwin Sidney

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This paper explores the spectacles in the Greek East in an attempt to cast new light on Paul’s discourse in 2 Cor 4:7-15. Scenes from gladiatorial munera were not only observed by spectators in theatres, amphitheatres, or stadiums, but were elaborately displayed in commemorative monuments. The emergence of a visual language evoked from these arena scenes offers us another lens to interpret the reception of Paul’s polyvalent self-presentation throughout 4:7-15. Paul is convinced that his body is a site where viewers observe, like in the arena, both death and life, and that his performance becomes an exhibition of the crucified Christ.

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