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Paul, the Corinthians and the Birth of Christian Hermeneutics
Mitchell, Margaret M.

Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2010 pp. xiv + 178. $85.00


Description: In a series of exchanges with the Corinthians in the mid-50s AD, Paul continually sought to define the meaning of his message, his body and his letters, at times insisting upon a literal understanding, at others urging the reader to move beyond the words to a deeper sense within. Proposing a fresh approach to early Christian exegesis, Margaret M. Mitchell shows how in the Corinthian letters Paul was fashioning the very principles that later authors would use to interpret all scripture. Originally delivered as The Speaker's Lectures in Biblical Studies at Oxford University, this volume recreates the dynamism of the Pauline letters in their immediate historical context and beyond it in their later use by patristic exegetes. An engagingly written, insightful demonstration of the hermeneutical impact of Paul's Corinthian correspondence on early Christian exegetes, it also illustrates a new way to think about the history of reception of biblical texts.

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

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Review by A. K. M. Adam
Published 9/24/2011
Citation: A. K. M. Adam, review of Margaret M. Mitchell, Paul, the Corinthians and the Birth of Christian Hermeneutics, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2011).


Review by Thomas Schmeller
Published 9/24/2011
Citation: Thomas Schmeller, review of Margaret M. Mitchell, Paul, the Corinthians and the Birth of Christian Hermeneutics, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2011).


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