Paul’s Suffering and Weakness in 2 Corinthians


Missionary, theologian, and church leader, the apostle Paul is one of the giants of the Christian faith. He is also, Dr. Royal L. Pakhuongte suggests, a person who suffered from disability.

Combining a disability perspective with rhetorical and sociological criticism, Pakhuongte explores 2 Corinthians through the lens of a disability hermeneutic. He examines Paul’s conflict with the Corinthian church against the sociological backdrop of Jewish and Greco-Roman culture, both of which rejected those deemed disabled as unfit for leadership, corporate worship, or, in some cases, life itself. Pakhuongte demonstrates that the depth of Paul’s suffering is best understood in the context of this stigmatization, which, far from being peripheral to Paul’s ministry, had profound impact on Paul’s gospel message.

About the Author

ROYAL L. PAKHUONGTE has a PhD in New Testament from the South Asia Institute of Advanced Christian Studies, Bangalore, India. He teaches New Testament at Trinity College and Seminary, Sielmat, Churachanpur, Manipur, India, and is Assistant Theological Editor for the South Asia Study Bible.

Book Information

ISBN: 9781839735912

Category: Academic, Global Perspectives

Region: Asia

Publishing Date: 2022-02-28

Number of pages: 330

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