Abstract

Abstract:

This study discusses the meaning of the first person plural pronoun in 1 Corinthians 8:6. Scholars generally interpret ἡµῖν/ἡµεῖς as all the members of Christian communities indiscriminately. In my opinion, Paul has in mind a more specific group of people. This becomes clear in the context of chapter 8 which reveals that Paul’s definition of (Christian) ἡµεῖς differs from the Corinthians’ self-definition. The Corinthians disregard Jesus Christ as the only Lord of salvation, while Paul defines ἡµεῖς primarily through the interrelations with εἷς κύριος. I argue that for Paul only those belong to his “we”-group who rightly understand the meaning of Jesus Christ’s lordship and who subject their ἐξουσία to the Lord.

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Additional Information

ISSN
2518-4628
Print ISSN
0254-8356
Pages
pp. 47-74
Launched on MUSE
2017-01-01
Open Access
No
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