The Power of Images in Paul

The Power of Images in Paul

by Raymond F. Collins
     
 

ISBN-10: 0814659632

ISBN-13: 9780814659632

Pub. Date: 08/28/2008

Publisher: Liturgical Press, The


In his letters to the early Christian communities, the apostle Paul left for Christians of all time an array of powerful images: from the pain of a thorn in the flesh to the tenderness of a nursing mother for her children, from the competition on an athletic field to the growth of an agricultural field. In The Power of Images in Paul, Raymond Collins explores

Overview


In his letters to the early Christian communities, the apostle Paul left for Christians of all time an array of powerful images: from the pain of a thorn in the flesh to the tenderness of a nursing mother for her children, from the competition on an athletic field to the growth of an agricultural field. In The Power of Images in Paul, Raymond Collins explores how Paul uses the ordinary to describe what is extraordinary, how Paul skillfully uses a wide range of metaphors as a means of both persuasion and clarification. But this book is more than an analysis of Paul’s images themselves. Collins also examines how Paul deliberately draws from secular as well as religious and biblical themes in order to draw a culturally diverse audience into relationship with Christ. Entering Paul’s world with Collins, readers will better appreciate Paul’s use of metaphor and, more important, be persuaded as was Paul’s original audience of God’s unfailing love in Christ.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780814659632
Publisher:
Liturgical Press, The
Publication date:
08/28/2008
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
328
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents


Preface     vii
Note on References     ix
Abbreviations     xi
The Role of Metaphor in Hellenistic Rhetoric     1
The First Letter to the Thessalonians     11
The Letter to the Philippians     40
The Letter to Philemon     68
The Letter to the Galatians     77
The First Letter to the Corinthians     109
The Second Letter to the Corinthians     150
The Letter to the Romans     185
Paul's Use of Metaphor     225
Epilogue     262
General Bibliography     264
Index of Scripture References     272
Index of Classical, Jewish, and Patristic Sources     291
Index of Modern Authors     299
Index of Topics     303

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