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1 and 2 Corinthians

edited by Yung Suk Kim

Publication Year: 2013

The Texts @ Contexts series gathers scholarly voices from diverse contexts and social locations to bring new or unfamiliar facets of biblical texts to light. In 1 and 2 Corinthians, scholars from a variety of cultural and social locations shed new light on themes and dynamics in Paul’s most intriguing letters to a complex church. Subjects include race, identity, and privilege; ritual, food, and power; community, culture, and love. These essays de-center the often homogeneous first-world orientation of much biblical scholarship and open up new possibilities for discovery.

Published by: Augsburg Fortress Publishers

Series: Text @ Contexts


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p. 1-1

Title Page, Copyright

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pp. 2-5


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pp. v-vi

Other Books in the Series

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pp. vii-viii

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Series Preface, Updated: Texts in/at Life Contexts

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pp. ix-xiv

The discipline of biblical studies emerges from a particular cultural context; it is profoundly influenced by the assumptions and values of the Western European and North Atlantic, male-dominated, and largely Protestant environment in which it was born. Yet like the religions with which it is involved, the critical study of the Bible has traveled beyond its original context. ...


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pp. xv-xviii


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pp. xix-xx

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pp. 1-6

The books of 1 and 2 Corinthians reveal a vast array of issues in Corinth, ranging from divisive ideologies to resurrection. As Corinth is well known among scholars for its thriving commerce with a vast influx of immigrants from elsewhere in the Roman Empire, ...

Part I. Identity, Power, and Race

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1. Identity and the Embodiment of Privilege in Corinth

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pp. 9-30

Years ago, I learned about the seductive appeal of the “prosperity gospel” from acquaintances in a black church in a small town in the rural South. These new friends were generous and loving, and threw open the doors of their hearts and homes to me with scarcely a thought for their own scarcity. ...

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2. Identity and Human Dignity amid Power and Liminality in 1 Corinthians 7:17-24

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pp. 31-48

April 27, 1994, was the historical moment when South Africa formally changed from a minority-ruled apartheid state into a modern, democratic, new South Africa, installing the iconic Nelson Mandela as the first democratically elected, black president of South Africa.1 ...

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3. An Intercultural Latino Reading of Paul

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pp. 49-64

On a vacation with my wife in the southeastern part of the United States a couple of summers ago, we stopped at a restaurant and sat in a booth behind a family that was clearly speaking something other than English. I sat with my back to the family, so I could not see them as they spoke. ...

Part II. Ritual, Culture, and Food

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4. 2 Corinthians 7:1 against the Backdrop of African Purification Rites

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pp. 67-78

This essay is an attempt to show how the reading of 2 Cor. 7:1 from an African cultural context not only enhances the understanding of the text but also complements its scholarly interpretation.1 It is an example of what Justin Ukpong describes as “inculturation biblical hermeneutic” (Ukpong 1996: 190), ...

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5. The Issue of Eidōlothyta

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pp. 79-96

Chinese Christianity tends to condemn Chinese ancestor veneration as idol worship. The attack is considerable given that the ritual, with more than ten thousand years of history, is inextricably related to Chinese worldview, spirituality, and social identity (Lakos 2010: 12–13). ...

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6. A Conversation with the Story of the Lord’s Supper in 1 Corinthians 11:17-34

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pp. 97-114

Daily liturgical celebration of the Eucharist continues to be well attended by lowland Filipinos.1 However, it is also a common to see many poor people, some of them sitting at the entrance of the church all day, begging for food or money. While they are sometimes given food or money by the Mass-goers, one wonders how Christians today, ...

Part III. Community, Women, and Sexuality

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7. Pauline Theological Counseling of Love in the Language of the Zhuangzi

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pp. 117-128

Paul’s series of rhetorical interactions with the Corinthian Christians (as evident in a rhetorical analysis of 1 and 2 Corinthians) can be read as the apostle conducting “counseling sessions” with the divisive, narcissistic, arrogant, and problematic house churches in Corinth (Yeo 1995; Thiselton 2000: 26, 37, 41–47). ...

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8. Reading 1 Corinthians 11:1-16 through Habits and Hijabs in the United States

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pp. 129-146

Veiling, in the modern American context, means visibility. To veil is to stand apart from the ordinary and the costume of one’s contemporaries. This aspect of the extraordinary implied by veiling was found to some degree in Roman antiquity: men wore veils at sacrifice, ...

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9. What Queer Hermeneutics Can Do for Us in Spain

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pp. 147-162

In 2004, PSOE (a socialist, left-wing party in Spain) won the elections with the proposal, among others, of legalizing same-sex marriage. Once in office, they passed a bill on June 30, 2005, that conferred marital status on same-sex couples wishing to become legally married. ...


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pp. 163-188

Author Index

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pp. 189-194

Scripture Index

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pp. 195-200

Ancient and Other Extra-Biblical Sources Index

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pp. 201-202

E-ISBN-13: 9781451426359
E-ISBN-10: 1451426356
Print-ISBN-13: 9780800699352
Print-ISBN-10: 0800699351

Page Count: 232
Publication Year: 2013

Series Title: Text @ Contexts