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Brief Anthropological Reflections on 2 Corinthians 4:6-5:10

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In her discussion of the phrases the 'outward self' and the 'inward self' in 2 Cor 4: 16 Margaret E. Thrall distinguishes two lines of approach, one reflecting a dualistic way of thinking, the other holding that each phrase refers to the human person as a whole. In verses 10 and 11 Paul explains that opposition in the minister's existence christologically: the presence of Jesus' death and simultaneously the manifestation of Jesus' life. Verse 13 adds a comparison with Israel's past and in verse 14 Paul connects his future resurrection with the past resurrection of the Lord Jesus. In 5: 1-10 Paul speaks of the earthly body in an objective way, as if it were a substance, an entity of its own. Paul is in Christ; but the Christian Paul is still in the mortal flesh and the earthly body. His reflection is not purely anthropological.

Keywords: anthropological reflections; Jesus; Paul



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