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The Toppling of Favorinus and Paul by the Corinthians

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Professor Malherbe has, in his distinguished academic career, traversed an important aspect of the beginning of Paul's defense with his examination of the military imagery of 2Cor 10:3-6.6. This examines the mistreatment by the Corinthians of the two men, Apollos and Paul. It explores the nature of the apologia that they made in response to unilateral actions taken against those who were led to believe that they were "friends" of the Corinthians. The statue of Favorinus was toppled from its pride of place outside the library at the end of the long Stoa in the magnificent Roman forum of Corinth. Its removal signaled the public withdrawal of Corinth's friendship so visibly expressed by the statue erected in his honor. One of the abiding influences on Biblical scholarship of the person honored in the chapter is his caution and scholarly acumen in the use of ancient sources and literary forms.

Keywords: apologia; Biblical scholarship; Corinthians; Favorinus; Paul's defense; Roman forum of Corinth



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