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The Legacy of 2 Corinthians 12:2-4 in the Apocalpse of Paul

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Biblical interpreters have investigated with great energy and skill Paul's assertions in 2 Corinthians 12:2-4 about a man who was caught up into Paradise. This chapter explores the manner in which the third or fourth century author of the ApocaIypse of Paul created an entire Apocalypse out of these verses. It explores the manner in which early Christians developed a first century apocalyptic rhetorolect into multiple literary apocalypses from the end of the first century through the fourth centuries C.E. The chapter investigates the resources of invention early Christians used to elaborate basic apocalyptic topoithrough amplificatory description. It contributes to an environment for interpreting New Testament texts that moves down at least to the fourth century C.E. Paul's awareness of his own weaknesses allows him to identify with the sinfulness of humans throughout the world and intercede on their behalf with God and Christ.

Keywords: 2 Corinthians 12:2-4; Apocalypse of Paul; early Christians



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