A New Temple for Corinth: Rhetorical and Archaeological Approaches to Pauline Imagery

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A New Temple for Corinth examines the role that St. Paul's image of the community as a temple plays in his overall rhetorical argument in 1 Corinthians. It challenges traditional notions that Paul is inviting his correspondents to understand themselves as a new temple replacing the one in Jerusalem. Rather, Paul uses a cultic metaphor that both Gentile and Jew could understand to introduce his central motif of community upbuilding for the sake of the common good. This examination of first-century Corinthian archaeology suggests methods to correct and complement previous literary and historical critical analyses of the Pauline corpus.
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Begins a series making cutting-edge Biblical scholarship available to scholars and institutions. Examines the role that St. Paul's image of the community as a temple plays in his overall rhetorical argument in 1 Corinthians. Challenges the interpretation that he was inviting the Corinthians to separate themselves from the temple in Jerusalem, and argues instead that he was drawing on the image of building for the common good. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Table of Contents

Editor's Preface
Introduction: Motivation and Methodological Considerations 1
I The Community as a Temple: Why a Re-Examination? 7
II Roman Corinth 25
III 1 Corinthians as an Argument Against Dissension 45
IV Construction Language and the Argument Against Dissension 57
V Ancient Temples as Centering Images 89
VI A New Temple for Corinth 115
Bibliography 139
Index 149
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