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Paul and Opponents in 2 Cor 10-13 Theioi Andres and Spiritual Guides

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In some New Testament scholarship Paul is a symbol of those early Christians who followed the model of a suffering Christ. This chapter discusses the peculiarities of 2 Corinthians 10-13 and their anthropological history-of-religions situation. This especially concerns the anthropology of spiritual guidance which includes many of the characteristics argued about by Paul and his opponents. If Paul is drawing on general structures and materials of apostolic boasting in suffering, one might expect to find the pattern of such descriptions of suffering apostleship elsewhere. 1 Cor 4 reminds one that the tie between apostleship and requisite suffering is not unique to Paul among early Jesus-believers. Critics generally would agree that early Christian literature shows criteria of miracles and visions for apostles. Lucian's stories of Peregrinus and Menippus the Cynic remind one of such conflicts within the Cynic camp.

Keywords: Christian literature; Corinthians; Lucian; Paul; Peregrinus



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