Paul’s Mosaic Ascent : An Interpretation of 2 Corinthians 12.7–9

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Litwa, Matthew. (2011). Paul’s Mosaic Ascent : An Interpretation of 2 Corinthians 12.7–9. New Testament Studies. 57(2), pp. 238-257. https://doi.org/10.1017/S0028688510000342
AuthorsLitwa, Matthew
Abstract

This essay offers a reading of 2 Cor 12.7–9 in light of a rabbinic story of Moses' ascent to heaven (b. Šabb. 88b-89a). After an exploration of Moses in 2 Corinthians the author argues that vv. 7–9, like vv. 2–4, constitute an ascent report (vv. 2–4). This ascent report, it is maintained, is structurally parallel to Moses' heavenly ascent in b. Šabb. 88b-89a. Early traditions of Moses' ascent to heaven and dominance over angels suggest that Paul knew a form of the Mosaic ascent, and parodied it to highlight his weakness and paradoxical authority in vv. 7–9.

KeywordsMoses; 2 Cor 12.7–9; heavenly ascent; Paul and Rabbinic literature ; angel of Satan; parody
Year01 Jan 2011
JournalNew Testament Studies
Journal citation57 (2), pp. 238-257
PublisherCambridge University Press
ISSN0028-6885
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1017/S0028688510000342
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