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Redescribing Paul and the Corinthians
Cameron, Ron and Merrill P. Miller, editors

Atlanta: Society of Biblical Literature, 2011 pp. xiii + 323. $40.95

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Description: This second volume of studies by members of the SBL Seminar on Ancient Myths and Modern Theories of Christian Origins reassesses the agenda of modern scholarship on Paul and the Corinthians. The contributors challenge the theory of religion assumed in most New Testament scholarship and adopt a different set of theoretical and historical terms for redescribing the beginnings of the Christian religion. They propose explanations of the relationship between Paul and the recipients of 1 Corinthians; the place of Paul's Christ-myth for his gospel; the reasons for a disinterest in and rejection of Paul's gospel and/or for the reception and attraction of it; and the disjunction between Paul's collective representation of the Corinthians in 1 Corinthians and the Corinthians' own engagement with Paul in mythmaking and social formation, including mutual (mis)translation and (mis)appropriation of the other's discourse and practices. The contributors are Ron Cameron and Merrill P. Miller, Jonathan Z. Smith, Burton L. Mack, William E. Arnal, Stanley K. Stowers, Richard S. Ascough, and John S. Kloppenborg.

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

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Review by Antoinette Clark Wire
Published 4/20/2012
Citation: Antoinette Clark Wire, review of Ron Cameron and Merrill P. Miller, eds., Redescribing Paul and the Corinthians, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2012).


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