Lisa M. Bowens

An Apostle in Battle

Paul and Spiritual Warfare in 2 Corinthians 12:1–10

[Ein Apostel in der Schlacht. Paulus und geistige Kriegsführung im 2. Korinther 12:1–10.]

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Lisa M. Bowens provides a detailed analysis to establish that Paul's language in chapters 10–13 of Second Corinthians is about an apocalyptic battle between God and Satan. The apostle's ascent in 12:1–10 reveals the existence of this cosmic conflict.
In this close reading of 2 Corinthians 12:1–10, Lisa M. Bowens provides a detailed historical-critical exegesis and comparative analysis to establish that Paul links his ascent in 2 Corinthians 12:1–10 to 2 Corinthians 10:3–6 where he foregrounds a cosmic battle around the mind and the knowledge of God. In 10:3–6, the apostle presents a trilateral framework of cosmology, epistemology, and theological anthropology, which converge in his heavenly journey. Lisa M. Bowens examines a variety of Jewish and Greco-Roman texts and calls attention to the persistence and importance of martial imagery in chapters 10–13 of Second Corinthians, including in Paul's ascent narrative. Moreover, prayers of deliverance from evil forces become more prevalent around the first century, and this work situates Paul's request in 2 Corinthians 12:8 within this genre.

Lisa M. Bowens M.T.S. and Th.M. from Duke University Divinity School; PhD in New Testament from Princeton Theological Seminary; currently an Assistant Professor of New Testament at Princeton Theological Seminary.


The following reviews are known:

In: Filologia Neotestamentaria — 43 (2021), pp. 245–247 (Christoph Stenschke)
In: Journal for the Study of the New Testament (JSNT) — 40.5 (2018), S. 78 (Steve Smith)
In: Theologische Rundschau — 87 (2022), pp. 81–110 (Gudrun Guttenberger)
In: Bulletin for Biblical Research — 28 (2018), S. 137–139 (Wesley Thomas Davey)
In: Review of Biblical Literature — (6/2018) (Gudrun Nassauer)
In: The Bible Today — November 2017, S. 442 (Donald Senior)