CLOTHES MAKE THE (WO)MAN

Roy R. Jeal

Abstract


In the Pauline letters a new rhetorical aspect of body is presented with the imagery of
being clothed with a person, with Christ or a new a[nqrwpo" (Gal 3:27; Rom 13:14; Col
3:10; Eph 4:24). While body and clothing imagery was well-known in the ancient
Mediterranean world, the picture of putting on a person is new with these passages.
Clothing has implications for movement and identification, but there is also interweaving
between body, mind and clothing related to how humans present themselves,
how they interact socially, how they are empowered morally and politically, and how
they produce rhetorical and political discourse. This essay offers a socio-rhetorical
interpretation of the texts that speak of being clothed with a person, considering the
implications for those who become so clothed. This clothing refashions bodies with new
religious, social and political roles. Refashioned bodies become agents of social
change. The new clothing makes new persons and a new social reality.

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.7833/90-0-1059

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