After Paul Left Corinth / Edition 1

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Overview

After Paul Left Corinth gathers for the first time all the relevant extant material from literary, nonliterary, and archaeological sources on what life was like in the first-century Roman colony of Corinth. Using this evidence, Bruce Winter not only opens a fascinating vista on day-to-day living in the Graeco-Roman world but, more importantly, helps us understand what happened to the Christian community after Paul left Corinth. As Winter shows, the origin of many of the problems Paul dealt with in 1 Corinthians can be traced to culturally determined responses to aspects of life in Corinth.

The significance of the role that culture played in the life of the Corinthian Christians has either been ignored or underestimated in explaining the reasons for their difficulties after Paul left. Winter first examines the extent to which Paul communicated alternative ways of behaving while he was in Corinth. Winter then explores the social changes that occurred in Corinth after Paul left. Severe grain shortages, the relocation of the Isthmian Games, the introduction of a new federal imperial cult, the withdrawal of kosher meat from the official market-all of these cultural events had a substantial impact on the life of the emerging Christian community.

Accentuated with photos of relevant archaeological artifacts, this volume provides a significant new perspective from which to read Paul's Corinthian correspondence.

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Winter (divinity, U. of Cambridge) is not concerned about where Paul went from there, but about what happened in Corinth after he was gone. He gathers all the extant material he can find from literary, nonliterary, and archaeological sources on what life was like in the first-century Roman colony, focusing particularly the important role culture played in the life of the Christians. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780802848987
  • Publisher: Eerdmans, William B. Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 1/1/2001
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 870,571
  • Product dimensions: 0.82 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 9.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction
Plates
1 The Enigma and Cultural Setting of 1 Corinthians 1
Pt. I The Influence of Secular Ethics
2 Secular Discipleship and Christian Competitiveness (1 Corinthians 1-4) 31
3 Criminal Law and Christian Partiality (1 Corinthians 5) 44
4 Civil Law and Christian Litigiousness (1 Corinthians 6:1-8) 58
5 Elitist Ethics and Christian Permissiveness (1 Corinthians 6:12-20; 10:23; 15:29-34) 76
6 Veiled Men and Wives and Christian Contentiousness (1 Corinthians 11:2-16) 121
7 'Private' Dinners and Christian Divisiveness (1 Corinthians 11:17-34) 142
8 Religious Curses and Christian Vindictiveness (1 Corinthians 12-14) 164
9 Secular Patronage and Christian Dominance (1 Corinthians 16:15-16) 184
Pt. II The Influence of Social Changes
10 The Present Crisis and the Marriage Bed (1 Corinthians 7:1-5) 215
11 The Present Crisis and the Consummation of Marriage (1 Corinthians 7:25-38) 241
12 The imperial Cult, the Games, and Dining in a Temple (1 Corinthians 8-10:21) 269
13 Kosher Food and Idol Meat (1 Corinthians 10:25-28) 287
Bibliography 302
Abbreviations 322
Biblical References 325
Ancient Sources 330
Modern Authors 337
Subjects 342
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