"By the mouth of two or three witnesses" Paul's invocation of a Deuteronomic statute

Laurence L. Welborn

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Abstract

The history of interpretation of 2 Cor 13:1 has been dominated by a metaphorical construal of the "three witnesses" as Paul's three visits to Corinth. This essay proposes a literal understanding of the text: Paul invokes the Deuteronomic rule of judicial witnesses in his own defense, in accordance with the purposes of the statute. The essay then explores the implications of this interpretation for reconstruction of what happened on the occasion of Paul's second, "painful" visit to Corinth.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)207-220
Number of pages14
JournalNovum Testamentum
Volume52
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2010

Keywords

  • adikesas
  • Deuteronomic statute
  • judicial evidence
  • malicious witness
  • visits
  • witnesses

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