Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Forthcoming in Ephemerides Theologicae Lovanienses

I just received word that an article of mine was accepted for publication in Ephemerides Theologicae Lovanienses (ETL).  Of course, this is quite an honor that us scholar-types get excited about, so I thought I would find others to celebrate with me - since most don't understand this nonsense! 

The article studies the example of Pauline metaphor in 1 Cor 6:12-20, and is entitled, "Pauline Metaphor and Regarding Discrete Rhetorical Meanings: A Response to Stanley Porter's 'How Should KOLLWMENOS in 1 Cor 6,16.17 be Translated'?"

Look for it later this Spring, I believe.

Here is the abstract:

This article is offered in critique of Stanley Porter’s 1991 note in ETL on the lexical meaning of κολλώμενος in 1 Cor 6,12.20. In his article, Porter proposes the redefinition of κολλώμενος in 1 Cor 6,17 to “obligates oneself”, since, according to Porter, Paul uses a single governing metaphor in this pericope, an economic subordination metaphor rooted in Paul’s statement “you were bought with a price” located in 1 Cor 6.20. Instead, this article suggests that Paul in fact enlists the aid of three discrete metaphors in order to more clearly illustrate a Christian’s new reality and the ethical implications of such a reality. This article argues that each metaphor is operating on its own respective conceptual level and thus each metaphor fundamentally defines its own terms uniquely. In this study, each of the three metaphors is investigated, and their respective role in Paul’s rhetorical goals for this pericope is assessed. Finally, this article proposes, pace Porter, κολλώμενος is best understood in 1 Cor. 6,12.20 according to its conventional rendering that Paul intertextually imports from Genesis 2,24, namely “to join”.

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