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The passage of 2 Cor 8:1-5 is usually understood as part of Paul's rhetorical strategy to encourage the Corinthian church to participate in the collection, but that approach leaves open the question of why precisely he chose to focus on the example of the Macedonians. By appealing to Gary Fine's work on reputations, we argue that Paul acted as a "reputation entrepreneur" in contrasting the Macedonians' extreme poverty to the wealth of their generosity. Our contribution shows that 2 Cor 8:1-5 is a useful test case in understanding how Paul shaped the reputations of people to align with his rhetorical goals.

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