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2 Corinthians 11:22: Historical Context, Rhetoric, And Ethnic Identity

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This chapter examines an ancient statement about ethnicity, Paul's reference in 2 Corinthians 11:22. This chapter first notes Paul's conflicts with the Corinthians from two perspectives: historical criticism and rhetorical criticism. Then it looks at Paul's rhetorical strategy in 2 Corinthians 10-13 as a context for 11:22. The chapter adds social-scientific perspectives, especially ethnicity theory, as a way to understand his ethnicity comment from a broader perspective. It weaves together these historical, literary rhetorical, and social-scientific threads to illumine more precisely how Paul uses his ethnicity as a support for his self-defense in conflict with his opponents at Corinth. Especially since Hans Dieter Betz's Galatians commentary, Paul's letters have been analyzed increasingly from the perspective of ancient Hellenistic rhetoric, which Aristotle sub-divided into three types: judicial rhetoric, deliberative rhetoric and epideictic rhetoric.

Keywords: 2 Corinthians 11:22; Paul's letters; Paul's rhetorical strategy



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