Paul's Critique Of Theocracy

Paul's Critique Of Theocracy

by David Odell-Scott
     
 

Paul's Critique of Theocracy offers an interpretation of select texts in Corinthians and Galatians concerned with the establishment of legitimate authority in the Christian community. Odell-Scott argues that for Paul, no one may boast that they are selected by God, and no one has the authority to rule as God's representative.

Paul also criticizes those who

Overview

Paul's Critique of Theocracy offers an interpretation of select texts in Corinthians and Galatians concerned with the establishment of legitimate authority in the Christian community. Odell-Scott argues that for Paul, no one may boast that they are selected by God, and no one has the authority to rule as God's representative.

Paul also criticizes those who exhibit a superior "sacredness" over other community members. Contrary to most scholarly views, Odell-Scott argues that Paul is not taking sides in a debate about the proper authority structure. Rather, he criticizes any notion of such a structure, opposing it with his metaphor of the Church as the body of Christ and the "sacred family" of God. The exegesis is also sketched out in a postmodern framework criticizing hierarchy through differentiation.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780567283351
Publisher:
Bloomsbury Academic
Publication date:
03/15/2009
Series:
Library of New Testament Studies Series
Pages:
200
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.42(d)

Meet the Author


David Odell-Scott is Professor and Chair of Philosophy and Coordinator of Religion Studies at
Kent State University,
Ohio
.

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