One of the thorniest exegetical questions in Pauline literature involves the apostle's story of a thorn in the flesh. Interpreters have often attempted to fathom the meaning of the passage by gleaning insights from historical backdrops. However, in doing so, they have overlooked clues that lie much closer at hand, namely, Jesus’ Passion tradition. Therefore, in this article, I attempt to show that Paul crafted the story of his thorn in light of Jesus’ Passion. Based on analyses of linguistics, intertextuality, and literary context, I explore three significant echoes of Jesus' cross in 2 Cor 12:7–10: thorn of the flesh, threefold prayer and antithesis of power and weakness.
"Echoes of Jesus’ Cross in Second Corinthians 12:7–10,"
The Asbury Theological Journal:
2, p. 268-288.
Available at: https://place.asburyseminary.edu/asburyjournal/vol77/iss2/7