Soeng Yu Li

Paul's Teaching on the Pneumatika in 1 Corinthians 12–14

Prophecy as the Paradigm of ta Charismata ta Meizona for the Future-Oriented Ekklēsia

[Die Lehre des Paulus über die Pneumatika im 1. Korinther 12–14. Prophezeiung als Paradigma von ta Charismata ta Meizona für die zukunftsorientierte Ekklēsia.]

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1 Corinthians 12–14 teaches about the things that characterize the life of spiritual people. Only when the behaviour, thinking, and actions of the spiritual person are governed by love can the community be built up eschatologically. Soeng Yu Li shows that, seen in this light, prophecy is understood as an exemplary gift for the gathered community.
In this study, Soeng Yu Li explores Paul's understanding of the charismata in 1 Corinthians 12–14 and why the apostle focuses on the charisma of prophecy in 1 Corinthians 14. After demonstrating that the semantic relationship between charismata and pneumatika is to be understood as meronymy, the author then offers an exegesis of 1 Corinthians 12–14 from a meronymic point of view. In 1 Corinthians 12–14, Paul teaches about the topic pneumatika, the things that characterize the life of the pneumatikoi. Paul teaches the Corinthians that as pneumatikoi, both their behaviour and their practice of their apportioned charismata must be characterized by agapē. Only in this way can they build up the ekklēsia in the here and now towards the promised eschatological future. To illustrate his teaching, Paul uses prophecy as the paradigm of ta charismata ta meizona for the gathered ekklēsia living in the future-oriented present.

Soeng Yu Li Born 1980; studied sinology and theology; 2016 PhD; currently researcher for New Testament exegesis at the Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium.


The following reviews are known:

In: Religious Studies Review — 44 (2018), p. 475 (James B. Prothro)
In: Revue Théologique de Louvain — 50 (2019), pp. 99–100 (Michel Quesnel)
In: Jahrbuch f.Liturgik u.Hymnologie — 2019, p. 87 (Helmut Schwier)
In: Reviews of Biblical and Early Christian Studies — (Emanuel Contac)
In: Revue de l'histoire et de Philosophie Réligieuses — 98 (2018), S. 360–362 (Ch. Grappe)
In: Theologische Rundschau — 87 (2022), pp. 1–80 (Gudrun Guttenberger)
In: Filologia Neotestamentaria — 34 (2021), p. 339