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The Language Of War (2 Cor. 10:1-6) And The Language Of Weakness (2 Cor. 11:21b-13:10)

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This chapter examines how symbolic languages work in context and how clashes between them promote violent conflict. It also examines how social worlds and political contexts interact and how cultural interaction can produce surprises and expose the presumptions of religious violence. The chapter seeks to engage with this broader discussion of religious violence. It focuses on Paul's language of war, which has too often been exempt from studies of religious violence, and attends more narrowly to the discourse in 2 Cor. 10:1-13:10. The chapter draws on insights from both models (disciplinary model and emancipatory model) to offer an alternative reading of the brutalizing and vituperative rhetoric of Paul's &t;letter of tears&t;. It recognizes Paul's ambivalence regarding an apocalyptically inspired divine violence, and his straining between a reconciliation sought and an order forced by ultimatum and threat.

Keywords: disciplinary model; emancipatory model; language of war; Paul's rhetoric; religious violence



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