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By Bradley J. Bitner

This quantity examines 1 Corinthians 1-4 inside of first-century politics, demonstrating the importance of Corinth's structure to the translation of Paul's letter. Bradley J. Bitner exhibits that Paul rigorously thought of the Roman colonial context of Corinth, which underlay a variety of ecclesial conflicts. Roman politics, even if, can't account for the whole form of Paul's reaction. Bridging the Hellenism-Judaism divide that has characterized a lot of Pauline scholarship, Bitner argues that Paul additionally appropriated Jewish-biblical notions of covenant. Epigraphical and papyrological proof exhibits that his selected content material and demeanour are top understood just about an ecclesial politeia proficient by means of a distinctively Christ-centred political theology. This emerges as a 'politics of thanksgiving' in 1 Corinthians 1:4-9 and as a 'politics of development' in 3:5-4:5, the place Paul redirects gratitude and glory to God in Christ. This leading edge account of Paul's political theology bargains clean perception into his pastoral technique between nascent Gentile-Jewish assemblies.

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