"Be Imitators of Me": Paul's Model of Leadership

Andrew David Clarke

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Abstract

In a number of letters, Paul urges his readers to imitate certain examples. The
principal models are those of himself, Christ and God, but he also directs the
attention of his readers to the behaviour of other individuals, and occasionally
reminds them of the example of other churches. In addition to these injunctions to
be imitators, there are also exhortations that his readers become 'models' for
others to imitate. It would seem that both to imitate appropriate examples and to
be an example to others are commendable characteristics of the Christian life. In
recent years, questions have been asked regarding the motivation behind Paul's
use of these injunctions. This article seeks to reconsider the relevant Pauline texts
and evaluate the author's use of the mimesis motif
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)329-360
Number of pages32
JournalTyndale Bulletin
Volume49
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1998

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