A Critical and Exegetical Commentary on the Second Epistle of St. Paul to the Corinthians Volume 33, PT. 2

A Critical and Exegetical Commentary on the Second Epistle of St. Paul to the Corinthians Volume 33, PT. 2

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1915 edition. Excerpt: ...He says that St Paul "acknowledged a time when he had more nearly approximated to their (his opponents') Judaizing tenets, or in other words, had known Christ after the flesh. Whatever softening the skill of interpreters may introduce into these latter words, they must have a meaning; that meaning is that there was something which the Apostle had left behind him, which he had once thought, and no longer thought to be a part of the faith of Christ" (p. 9). This view has also been held by Baur, Holsten, and others. The objection to it is that no trace of it is to be found in any of the Epistles. St Paul admits more than once that he had been a persecuting Jew (1 Cor. xv. 19; 1 Tim. i. 13), and seems to allude to it elsewhere. But he nowhere confesses that he had once preached a Judaizing Gospel: in Gal. ii. 15-19 he declares that he had done the opposite. For Beyschlag's criticism of this interpretation, and for other interpretations, see Knowling, The Witness of the Epistles, pp. 2, 3. Kirsopp Lake, who places the time in which St Paul knew Christ after the flesh in the period before his conversion, remarks that the Apostle " had once been an anti-Christian Jew; but when had he ever been a Judaizing Christian?" (Earlier Epistles of St Paul, p. 224). It is possible to take this last view also on the same lines as (4) in reference to (3). We may say, (6) St Paul is admitting this merely for the sake of argument. 'Let us grant, if you like, that at one time I preached much the same unspiritual Gospel that my Judaizing opponents do. I certainly do nothing of the kind now, and therefore it is idle to reproach me with it. Am I right, or are they right, now? That is the only question.' But it is difficult to believe that his...show more

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