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Kleipotte wat maklik breek ? ’n Herverstaan van 2 Korintiërs 4:7

W. C. Vergeer
In die Skriflig/In Luce Verbi | Vol 42, No 2 | a267 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/ids.v42i2.267 | © 2008 W. C. Vergeer | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 27 July 2008 | Published: 27 July 2008

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W. C. Vergeer, Skool vir Bybelwetenskappe & Antieke Tale, Potchefstroomkampus, Noordwes-Universiteit, South Africa

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Clay pots that break easily ? A reinterpretation of 2 Corinthians 4:7
Translations of and commentaries on the Bible see the image of clay pots Paul uses in 2 Corinthians 4:7 as a derogatory self- characterisation which is used to depict the fragility, ordinari- ness, cheapness or expendability of those that serve in the mi- nistry. It is generally held that the brittleness of the clay pots in a paradoxical way underlines the “all-surpassing power of God”. In this article the thought structure, syntactical, grammatical and socio-historic basis for this understanding of 2 Corinthians 4:7 is researched and (re)interpreted. The results suggest that the metaphor of clay pots should be understood in a complemen- tary rather than a paradoxical way.


2 Corinthians; Clay Pots; Corinth; Socio-Historic Exegesis; Treasure In The Clay Pot


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