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Τὸ πνεῦµα in 1 Corinthians 5:5: A Reconsideration of Patristic Exegesis

In: Vigiliae Christianae
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Michael K. W. Suh Emory University USA

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Abstract

This article questions the assumption that there was a standard patristic interpretation regarding the identity of “spirit” in 1 Corinthians 5:5 (ἵνα τὸ πνεῦµα σωθῇ ἐν τῇ ἡµέρᾳ τοῦ κυρίου). Recent scholarship on 1 Corinthians 5 either fails to provide a fair representation of the available data or ignores the patristic exegesis altogether. The present essay addresses this deficiency in current scholarship by presenting the varieties of ways that early Christians read and interpreted “spirit” in 1 Cor 5:5.

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