n Ekklesiastikos Pharos - Power and the poetics of the : Paul's rhetorical framework in 1 Corinthians 12-14 : research article

Volume 94, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1018-9556



aim of this study is to identify the components of Paul's rhetorical framework in 1 Corinthians 12-14 and establish the dynamics of each. It is shown that through Paul's rhetoric, he constructs the Corinthian Christian assembly as a collective pneumatic body. It is a body permeated and driven by the pneuma. The rhetorical framework of this corporeal poetics of pneuma consists of the following components: Paul's apostolic authority, the andronormative and androcentric ideology of Paul, the pneumatic taxonomy from 1 Corinthians 12, the one-body metaphor, the ethic of love from 1 Corinthians 13, and Paul's periodization of history. The subtle interplay and interconnectedness, even interdependence of these components serve to authorize the rhetorical construct of the pneumatic body, which is then in turn used as a strategy to control and regulate Christian bodies in the metropolitan city of Corinth.

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