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“When You Were Gentiles”: Specters of Ethnicity in Roman Corinth and Paul’s Corinthian Correspondence
Concannon, Cavan W.

New Haven: Yale University Press, 2014 pp. xvii + 301. $58.50

Series Information
Synkrisis: Comparative Approaches to Early Christianity in Greco-Roman Culture


Description: Cavan W. Concannon makes a significant contribution to Pauline studies by imagining the responses of the Corinthians to Paul’s letters. Based on surviving written materials and archaeological research, this book offers a textured portrait of the ancient Corinthians with whom Paul conversed, argued, debated, and partnered, focusing on issues of ethnicity, civic identity, politics, and empire. In doing so, the author provides readers a unique opportunity to assess anew, and imagine possibilities beyond, Paul’s complicated legacy in shaping Western notions of race, ethnicity, and religion.

Subjects: Bible, New Testament, Pauline Epistles, 1 Corinthians, 2 Corinthians, Literature

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Review by Love L. Sechrest
Published 4/12/2018
Citation: Love L. Sechrest, review of Cavan W. Concannon, “When You Were Gentiles”: Specters of Ethnicity in Roman Corinth and Paul’s Corinthian Correspondence, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2018).


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