How should Walter Wink's interpretation of Paul’s language of the "powers" be evaluated? This article argues that Wink's interpretation is deeply flawed. Lynch first offers a synopsis of other approaches to put Wink’s approach in context, and then gives a summary of Wink's position. He then gives an exegetical analysis of a number of relevant passages, like Romans 13:1-3, 1 Corinthians 2:6-8, 1 Corinthians 15:24-27, Ephesians 1:20-23, Ephesians 2:1-2, Colossians 1:16-17, 20, and Colossians 2:8, 20. Following the exegetical analysis, Lynch reviews Wink’s hermeneutical assumptions and in particular notes the worldview that functions as Wink's frame of reference.
Source: Evangelical Quarterly, 2011. 17 pages.