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Keeping the Feast: Metaphors of Sacrifice in 1 Corinthians and Philippians
Patterson, Jane Lancaster

Atlanta: SBL Press, 2015 pp. xi + 205. $32.95

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Description: Patterson uses cognitive metaphor theory to trace the apostle Paulís use of metaphors from the Jewish sacrificial system in his moral counsels to the Philippians and the Corinthians. In these letters, Paul moves from the known (the practice of sacrifice) to the unknown (how to live in accord with the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ). Patterson illustrates that the significant sacrificial metaphors in 1 Corinthians and Philippians are not derived from Jewish sacrifices of atonement, but rather from the Passover and sacrifices of thanksgiving. Attention to these metaphors demonstrates that imagery drawn from these sacrifices shapes the overall moral counsel of the letters, reveals more varied and nuanced interpretations of sacrificial references in Paulís letters, and sheds light on Paulís continuity with Jewish cultic practice.

Subjects: Bible, New Testament, Pauline Epistles, 1 Corinthians, Phillipians, Greco-Roman Literature, Literature, Methods, Historical Approaches, Literary Approaches, Poetics

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Review by Timothy A. Brookins
Published 12/22/2016
Citation: Timothy A. Brookins, review of Jane Lancaster Patterson, Keeping the Feast: Metaphors of Sacrifice in 1 Corinthians and Philippians, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2016).


Review by Kenneth Schenck
Published 11/9/2017
Citation: Kenneth Schenck, review of Jane Lancaster Patterson, Keeping the Feast: Metaphors of Sacrifice in 1 Corinthians and Philippians, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2017).


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