This study analyzes a single Pauline text of exceptional difficulty and importance, 2 Corinthians 3:1–46, from the point of view of its logical and literary structure as it can be discovered from the Apostle’s use and interpretation of a network of interrelated Old Testament texts. These Scripture texts, recovered through Paul’s vocabulary, are linked and used by him according to exegetical methods common in his time. As his own exegesis is reappropriated in this study, the reader is able to see the mind of the Apostle at work in his own religious context. The origins of such fundamental Pauline theological themes as the new covenant in Christ, the gift of God’s spirit to a recreated people and the hardening of Israel into disbelief are explained through the creative interweaving of texts. Finally, the unity and authenticity of a much disputed Pauline text are reaffirmed in this study on literary and exegetical grounds. The text is discussed according to its two major traditional segments, 3:1–6 and 3:7–18, comprising the two major chapters of this work. An introduction prepares the reader for the methodological approach, exegetical criticism, taken in this book, and a conclusion interprets 2 Corinthians 4:1–6 in light of the new information provided by the present inquiry and discusses further with an index of Modern Authors and an Index of Scriptural References.
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- Literary analysis of 2 Corinthians 3:1–4:6
- Examination of Paul’s explicit argumentation and its explanation
- Discussion of the presuppositions with which Paul has approached the Old Testament texts
- Title: Moses’ Veil and the Glory of the New Covenant: The Exegetical Substructure of 2 Cor. 3:1–4:6
- Author: Carol Kern Stockhausen
- Publisher: Pontifical Biblical Institute
- Publication Date: 1989
- Pages: 199
About Carol Kern Stockhausen
Carol Stockhausen received her Bachelor of Arts degree in theology and philosophy from Marquette University in 1969 and her PhD in Religious Studies, with a specialization in Christian origins and New Testament literature, also from Marquette in 1984. She was married in 1968 and has four sons. Since 1984, she has been a member of the faculty and the director of graduate students in the department of theology at Marquette University. She is a member of numerous professional societies in the United States and internationally. A work on Colossians, Ephesians, and the Pastoral Epistles, entitled Letters in the Pauline Tradition is soon to appear. The present study is a partial presentation of her doctoral dissertation.