That there may be equality'

The contexts and consequences of a pauline ideal

L. L. Welborn*

*Corresponding author for this work

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The purpose of this essay is to illuminate the character of Paul's appropriation of the ideal of equality' in 2 Cor 8.13-15 by exploring the meaning of the term in each of the contexts in the Greek world in which thinking about equality' developed: friendship, politics, and the cosmos. The essay traces a consistent tendency in Paul to reverse the ancient logic of inverse proportion as the means for achieving equality'. The essay highlights the novelty of Paul's attempt to create an economic structure-partnership in the collection-the goal of which was to achieve equality' between persons of different social classes through redistributive exchange.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)73-90
Number of pages18
JournalNew Testament Studies
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2013
Externally publishedYes


  • equality
  • friendship
  • patronage
  • politics
  • poverty
  • redistribution

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