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The Sweet Scent of the Gospel in the Didache and in Second Corinthians: Some Comments on Two Recent Interpretations of the Stinoufi Prayer in the Coptic Did. 10.8

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The Coptic Didache excerpt, and the so called stinoufi prayer in particular, remain a contentious issue. In this essay two of the interpretations that have been proposed, by Joseph Ysebaert and Alistair Stewart-Sykes, respectively, are reassessed. I argue that not only the stinoufi prayer, but also 2 Cor 2:14-16 is best understood against the sapiential tradition of associating Wisdom with fragrance. In Did. 10.8, like in the Pauline passage, the notion of the aroma most likely refers to the gospel. Thus even though it may not be possible to establish a direct dependence, some relationship between the Pauline metaphor and the stinoufi prayer cannot be excluded.

Affiliations: 1: Department of Biblical Studies, Faculty of Theology, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Sint-Michielsstraat 6, 3000 Leuven, Belgium


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