Amidst the resurgence of interest in Paul and asceticism relatively little focus has been put upon one Pauline text with seemingly obvious ascetic potential: “I beat my body” (1 Corinthians 9:27a). After a brief introduction to the discussion of asceticism and an ascetic Paul, this article will survey the Wirkungsgeschichte of this text, especially in the patristic era, engage in exegesis of 1 Corinthians 9:27a, and draw conclusions as to the relevance of the text for discussion of Pauline asceticism.
Yinger, Kent L., "Paul and Asceticism in 1 Corinthians 9:27a" (2008). Faculty Publications - Portland Seminary. 9.
Originally published in the Journal of Religion and Society 10 (2008)