By Karl Olav Sandnes
All through background, the human stomach has been considered as either a resource of disgrace and satisfaction. smooth cultures, really within the West, have built capacity to domesticate this a part of the physique via corsets, workouts, and revealing models. Does St. Paul handle a tradition during which the tummy ranks excessive? This research goals to reply to the query and the implications can be fabulous.
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43 When his example is applied to the questions of desire which Paul addresses in 1 Cor. e. participation at meals in the temple, eating food purchased in the market, and accepting invitations: ‘I punish my body and enslave it (Ëpwpizw mou t¼ säma kaª doulagwgä)’ (1 Cor. 44 The body was located at the centre of Paul’s thoughts about the future. In Rom. 8 he describes how the entire creation is longing for freedom, which implies longing for ‘the redemption of our bodies (pekdec»menoi, tn polÅtrwsin toÓ sÛmatov ¡män)’ (Rom.
His own experiences due to his apostolic ministry were a constant reminder of this. He considered his apostolic sufferings applicable to all believers: ‘For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we will certainly be united with him in a resurrection like his’ (Rom. 6:5). Although in Rom. 6 Paul does not mention suffering as such, since death with Christ here primarily applies to the power of sin, there can hardly be any doubt that he considered being crucified with Christ a reference to daily experiences of agony, suffering, and opposition.
6 Paul does not mention suffering as such, since death with Christ here primarily applies to the power of sin, there can hardly be any doubt that he considered being crucified with Christ a reference to daily experiences of agony, suffering, and opposition. g. 1 Cor. 11:1, Phil. 2:4–11). Crucifixion and death thus marked continuous bodily experiences to the believers in their process of being transformed. Inner renewal and outward decay of the body were thus two sides of being united with Christ.
Belly and Body in the Pauline Epistles (Society for New Testament Studies Monograph Series) by Karl Olav Sandnes