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Paul Through Mediterranean Eyes: Cultural Studies in 1 Corinthians

Bailey, Kenneth E.

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Paul was a Hebrew of the Hebrews, steeped in the learning of his people. But he was also a Roman citizen who widely traveled the Mediterranean basin, and was very knowledgeable of the dominant Greek and Roman culture of his day. These two mighty rivers of influence converge in Paul's first letter to the Corinthians.

With razor-sharp attention to the text, Kenneth Bailey examines the cultural milieu and rhetorical strategies that shaped this pivotal epistle. He discovers the deep layers of the Hebraic prophetic tradition informing Paul's writing, linking the Apostle with the great prophets of the Old Testament.

Throughout, Bailey employs his expert knowledge of Near Eastern and Mediterranean culture to deliver to readers a new understanding of Paul and his world. Familiar passages take on a new hue as they are stripped of standard Western interpretations and rendered back into their ancient setting.

  • Examines 1 Corinthians within its social, cultural and rhetorical construction
  • Proposes a new conception of the structure and nature of Paul's argument
  • Draws on twenty-two ancient translations of 1 Corinthians into Arabic, Syriac and Hebrew
  • Draws on commentaries dating as far back as ninth-century Damascus
  • Provides an excellent resource for New Testament students and scholars interested in the Pauline corpus
  • Continues the exegetical method begun in Jesus Through Middle Eastern Eyes
  • Illuminates a familiar biblical text through insights from the native culture

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