Tuesday, January 20, 2015

My ETL Article - ETL 90.4

I have not posted in a long (long) time, but at the arrival of my Ephemerides Theologicae Lovanienses (ETL) article I thought an announcement of this work would be a good excuse/reason to break that streak.

The reason for silence, for those few that are interested, was for a season of discernment and fundraising for a church plant that is beginning in Hilliard, OH, a suburb of Columbus, OH.  The church is called New City Presbyterian (PCA), Hilliard.  The season ended with the blessing of the LORD financially and with great affirmation, and the church plant has been launched into its first phase!

Enjoy the article, if you can get access to it.  This link will get you to an abstract.  I would love feedback and discussion on the article.  For easy access and as an FYI on the topic of the article, I also put the abstract below.

This article offers a critique of Stanley Porter’s note, published in ETL of 1991, on the translation of κολλώμενος in 1 Cor 6,12-20. Porter proposes to translate the verb as 'to obligate oneself' instead of the more conventional 'to join', because it would better fit the single governing metaphor expressing economic subordination as expressed in v. 20 ('you were bought with a price'). In reply, it is suggested that Paul, in fact, uses three different metaphors in order to illustrate more clearly the new reality Christians are experiencing and the ethical implications of this reality. It is argued that each metaphor is operating on its own conceptual level, and fundamentally and uniquely defines its own terms. The three metaphors are briefly presented and their respective role in the pericope and in Paul’s rhetoric is assessed. It turns out that κολλώμενος is best translated as 'to join', expressing a state that 'contains' the Christian as being in relationship with Christ.

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