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Title: In Defense of Polyvalence in 1 Cor 12,13c: ἐποτίσθημεν
Author(s): COOK, John Granger
Journal: Biblica
Volume: 103    Issue: 3   Date: 2022   
Pages: 404-426
DOI: 10.2143/BIB.103.3.3291157

Abstract :
1 Cor 12,13c has generated an intriguing exegetical debate that remains ongoing. Scholars have been unable to demonstrate conclusively whether ἐποτίσθημεν means 'we were saturated' or 'we were made to drink'. In addition, interpreters have been unable to conclusively show whether the reference of 12,13c is to baptism or the Eucharist. These ambiguities are not ultimately fatal, however. John Chrysostom used all four of these possible readings of the phrase in his homily on 1 Cor 12,13. It is likely that Paul himself was intentionally responsible for the polyvalence of the text.

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