Metaphor, motif, and meaning : the rhetorical strategy behind the image "led in triumph" in 2 Corinthians 2:14

  • Duff P
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Abstract: In 2 Cor 2:14 Paul refers to the triumphal procession in order to characterize the claims of his opponents, who interpreted his affliction as God's vengeance upon Paul for alleged misconduct. Then throughout the course of the letter fragment (2:14--6:13; 7:2-4) Paul subtly redefines the image of himself led in triumph using metaphors and allusions drawn from the epiphany processions of deities in the Greco-Roman world. In this way Paul demonstrates that his ministry is comparable to the epiphany type 'triumphal' procession rather than to the procession of prisoners of war on their way to death.--C.R.M. Abstract Number: NTA35-1991-3-1264




Duff, P. B. (1991). Metaphor, motif, and meaning : the rhetorical strategy behind the image “led in triumph” in 2 Corinthians 2:14. Catholic Biblical Quarterly, 53(1), 79–92. Retrieved from

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