In Paul's Language of ZETAeta lambdaomicronsigmaf, Benjamin Lappenga harnesses linguistic insights recently formulated within the framework of relevance theory to argue that within the letters of Paul (specifically Galatians, 1-2 Corinthians, and Romans), the zetaeta lambdaomicronsigmaf word group is mosemic. Linking the responsible treatment of lexemes in the interpretive process with new insight into Paul's rhetorical and theological task, Lappenga demonstrates that the mental encyclopedia activated by the term zetaeta lambdaomicronsigmaf is 'shaped' within Paul's discourse and thus transforms the meaning of zetaeta lambdaomicronsigmaf for attentive ('model') readers. Such identity-forming strategies promote a series of practices that may be grouped under the rubric of 'rightly-directed zetaeta lambdaomicronsigmaf'; specifically, emulation of 'weak' people and things, eager pursuit of community-building gifts, and the avoidance of jealous rivalry.
Benjamin J. Lappenga, Ph.D. (2014), Fuller Theological Seminary, is Assistant Professor of Theology at Dordt College. He has published articles on the Pauline epistles in journals including Catholic Biblical Quarterly and Journal of Biblical Literature.