Academic journal article Theological Studies

Paul through Mediterranean Eyes: Cultural Studies in 1 Corinthians

Academic journal article Theological Studies

Paul through Mediterranean Eyes: Cultural Studies in 1 Corinthians

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PAUL THROUGH MEDITERRANEAN EYES: CULTURAL STUDIES IN 1 CORINTHIANS. By Kenneth E. Bailey. Downer's Grove, IL: InterVarsity, 2011. Pp. 560. $30.

With this volume, Bailey transitions from the Gospels to the Pauline Epistles. Taking up what is perhaps the apostle's most challenging letter, B. sets forth a bold argument: Paul does not pursue a string of topics in random order but executes a finely planned series of essays written for the universal church. The weight of this argument falls on

B.'s extensive structural analyses. He attempts to show, pericope by pericope, that Paul follows the rhetorical styles of the Hebrew prophets, making extensive use of parallelism and chiasm.

B.'s commentary displays many attractive features. He draws on a vast knowledge of Middle Eastern culture, translations, and interpretive traditions. The use of these resources is often illustrative, but occasionally it leads to fresh exegesis (e.g., a text-critical decision at 3:5 and the identification of a subtle scriptural allusion in 8:6). Throughout, B. has an ear sensitive to the presence of easily overlooked biblical references. Further, he never assumes the propriety of traditional chapter and verse demarcations but provides a salutary reminder that these divisions can lead interpreters astray. …

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