Vigiliae christianae: a review of early christian life and language vol:63 pages:323-344
The Coptic Didache excerpt, and the so called stinoufi prayer in particular, remain a contentious issue. In this essay two of the interpretations that have been proposed, by Joseph Ysebaert and Alistair Stewart-Sykes, respectively, are reassessed. I argue that not only the stinoufi prayer, but also 2 Cor 2:14-16 is best understood against the sapiential tradition of associating Wisdom with fragrance. In Did. 10.8, like in the Pauline passage, the notion of the aroma most likely refers to the gospel. Thus even though it may not be possible to establish a direct dependence, some relationship between the Pauline metaphor and the stinoufi prayer cannot be excluded.