Paul's Apologia in 1 Corinthians 1-4 and the Concept of Paterfamilias

Corin Mihăilă
2019 Perichoresis: The Theological Journal of Emanuel University  
In Paul's argument against dissensions, Paul is said to have tried to regain his authority before the Corinthians. The first rhetorical unit is thus seen as an apologia. In his argument, he seemingly uses the concept of paterfamilias known to have evoked power and control. However, such a proposal neglects the fact that Paul's argument is against exactly such type of discourse in which one seeks to elevate one teacher against another. Rather, in the use of the concept of paterfamilias we should
more » ... rfamilias we should see Paul redefining the concept and filling it with affection.
doi:10.2478/perc-2019-0024 fatcat:dgp2jqqu7vaaljighvts3g2rw4