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Paul through Mediterranean Eyes: Cultural Studies in 1 Corinthians
Bailey, Kenneth E.

Downer's Grove, Ill.: InterVarsity Press, 2011 pp. 560. $30.00


Description: With razor-sharp attention to the text, Kenneth Bailey examines the cultural milieu and rhetorical strategies that shaped 1 Corinthians. He discovers the deep layers of the Hebraic prophetic tradition informing Paul's writing, linking the Apostle with the great prophets of the Old Testament. Throughout, Bailey employs his expert knowledge of Near Eastern and Mediterranean culture to deliver to readers a new understanding of Paul and his world. Familiar passages take on a new hue as they are stripped of standard Western interpretations and rendered back into their ancient setting.

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

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Review by Jack Barentsen
Published 6/2/2012
Citation: Jack Barentsen, review of Kenneth E. Bailey, Paul through Mediterranean Eyes: Cultural Studies in 1 Corinthians, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2012).


Review by Ben Witherington III
Published 8/7/2012
Citation: Ben Witherington III, review of Kenneth E. Bailey, Paul through Mediterranean Eyes: Cultural Studies in 1 Corinthians, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2012).


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