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You Belong to Christ: Paul and the Formation of Social Identity in 1 Corinthians 1Ė4
Tucker, J. Brian

Eugene, Ore.: Pickwick, 2011 pp. 346. $38.00

Description: You Belong to Christ explores the way that the Apostle Paul sought to form the social identity of one of his most important Christ-following communities. It sheds light on the way various social identities function within the Pauline community and provides guidance concerning the social implications of the gospel. Drawing from contemporary social identity theories as well as ancient source material, J. Brian Tucker describes the way 1 Corinthians 1-4 forms social identity in its readers, so that what results is an alternative community with a distinct ethos, in contrast to the Roman Empire and its imperial ideology. This book contends that previous identities are not obliterated "in Christ," but maintain their fundamental significance and serve to further the Pauline mission by means of social integration. Providing a comprehensive survey of Christian identity in Pauline studies as well as an interesting look into the material remains of Roman Corinth, this volume provides a social-scientific reading of 1 Corinthians 1-4, and argues that Paul's strategy was to form salient "in Christ" social identity in those to whom he wrote.

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

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Review by Maria A. Pascuzzi
Published 7/22/2012
Citation: Maria A. Pascuzzi, review of J. Brian Tucker, You Belong to Christ: Paul and the Formation of Social Identity in 1 Corinthians 1Ė4, Review of Biblical Literature [] (2012).

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