Book Details

Moses in Corinth: The Apologetic Context of 2 Corinthians 3
By Paul B. Duff, George Washington University

ISBN13: 9789004288430
Publication Date: 
January 2015
Imprint: BRILL
Main Series: Novum Testamentum, Supplements
Volume: 159


Scholars have long puzzled over the imagery focused on Moses in 2 Corinthians 3; it is unclear how that imagery fits into the larger context of the letter. Many have explained the imagery as the apostle’s reaction to the “super-apostles,” Jewish missionaries mentioned later in the letter. These preachers, it has been argued, promoted either a θεῖος ἀνήρ or a Judaizing agenda. In Moses in Corinth, Paul B. Duff contends that the Moses imagery has nothing to do with the super-apostles but functions instead as an integral part of Paul’s first apologia sent to Corinth. This apologia, found in 2 Cor 2:14-7:4, represents an independent letter sent to dispel suspicions about the apostle’s honesty, integrity, and poor physical appearance.

Table of Contents

1 Introduction: The Problematic Nature of 2 Corinthians 3
2 The Question of the Integrity of 2 Corinthians
3 The Origins of Paul’s First Apology
4 “Who is Fit for These Things?” (2 Cor 2:14-3:6)
5 The Ministries of Condemnation and Righteousness (2 Cor 3:6-11)
6 Not Like Moses? (2 Cor 3:12-18)
7 Reading Paul Reading Moses