[XTalk] Re: Proto-Marcionite Paul?
>--- Mike wrote:A fairly straight forward suggestion might is that Paul was speaking
>... needs to be explained by more conventional
>theorists what this reference to fighting with lions is doing in
>a genuine Pauline letter!)
figuratively when using the word "beast". This is a typical Pauline
use of rhetoric. Acts of Paul might have misunderstood this as
literal (not unlike ourselves???), and constructed a whole story
No way to prove any of this, but this seems very reasonable to me!
Always the beautiful answer who asks a more beautiful question
- --- Steve Black wrote:
> A fairly straight forward suggestion (re: 1Cor15:32) ... is thatMe too (and I apologize for using the word 'lion', which is not in
> Paul was speaking figuratively when using the word "beast". This
> is a typical Pauline use of rhetoric. Acts of Paul might have
> misunderstood this as literal (not unlike ourselves???), and
> constructed a whole story around it. No way to prove any of this,
> but this seems very reasonable to me!
the text), but now two possible avenues for supporting this: (1) if
Paul had in mind some personal conflict in which he had been involved
in Ephesus, it should be possible to point to a specific incident,
or (2) if he had in mind that Ephesus was generally known for its
arena "games" involving "beasts" (so that he was arguing via the
counter-factual "If I were one of those who fight with beasts in
Ephesus, what do I gain if there's no resurrection?"), again it
ought to be possible to find something in the historical record.