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Again I am indebted to a suggestion of Ward Allen for this example. , 1988). 3 Interpreting the Language of St Paul DENNIS L. STAMPS INTRODUCTION Before exploring the problems and significance of interpreting the language of St Paul, two matters need to be established. First, why bother with the writings of St Paul? Second, what is the significance of the lexical interplay between the words 'translation' and 'interpretation' when referring to the texts by St Paul. Why All the Fuss about 5t Paul?

Eugene A. Nida, Towards a Science of Translating (Leiden, 1964). See also Nida and C. Taber, The Theory and Practice of Translation (Leiden, 1969). Nida and Taber, op. , p. 19. Nida, On Translation, p. 15. See Stephen Prickett, Words and the Word: Language, Poetics and Biblical Interpretation (Cambridge, 1986) p. 31. The History of the Old and New Testaments Extracted from the Sacred Scriptures, the Holy Fathers, and Other Ecclesiastical Writers . , fourth impression (London, 1712), p. 50. See Prickett, op.

A more ambiguous matter with respect to Paul's style and linguistic self-presentation is the rhetoric of Paul. Scholars debate how much Paul's writings show evidence of a deliberate use of the ancient art of Classical rhetoric. 45 But few interpreters of Paul are unimpressed by the rhetoric of argumentation in evidence of these writings, whatever their degree of Classical rhetoric. In terms of self-presentation,46 Paul shows himself as a heavyhanded authority figure, at times claiming divine authority as an apostle and protector of the true Gospel (Romans 1: 1-5, 1 Corinthians 4: 1-21; 9: 1-23; Galatians 1: 6-10).

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