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Quoting Corinthians: Identifying Slogans and Quotations in 1 Corinthians
Watson, Edward W. and Martin M. Culy

Eugene, OR: Pickwick, 2018 pp. xi + 150. $21.00

Description: Imagine reading a letter where the writer is engaged in a heated debate with someone and repeatedly cites their positions, but never uses quotation marks to indicate that he is quoting them. This is precisely what we find in 1 Corinthians! Paul frequently quotes certain factions within the church and then proceeds to correct their faulty thinking; but he rarely explicitly tells us that he is quoting them. This poses a significant challenge for interpreters of this letter. How do we know when Paul is stating his own position rather than quoting a Corinthian position that he actually rejects? Quoting Corinthians sets forth a step-by-step process for evaluating potential quotations in the New Testament and then applies that process to eleven passages in 1 Corinthians where quotations may occur. As the first book-length attempt to establish more objective criteria for identifying quotations, Quoting Corinthians is a valuable resource for students and scholars alike who are seeking to rightly interpret the New Testament.

Subjects: Bible, New Testament, Pauline Epistles, 1 Corinthians, Literature, Methods, Literary Approaches, Social-Scientific Approaches

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Review by H. H. Drake Williams III
Published 7/9/2020
Citation: H. H. Drake Williams III, review of Edward W. Watson and Martin M. Culy, Quoting Corinthians: Identifying Slogans and Quotations in 1 Corinthians, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2020).


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