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Paul as an Administrator of God in 1 Corinthians
Goodrich, John K.

Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2012 pp. xiv + 248. $99.00

Series Information
Society for New Testament Studies Monograph Series, 152


Description: This book looks in detail at Paul's description of apostles in 1 Corinthians 4 and 9 as divinely appointed administrators (oikonomoi) and considers what this tells us about the nature of his own apostolic authority. John Goodrich investigates the origin of this metaphor in light of ancient regal, municipal, and private administration, initially examining the numerous domains in which oikonomoi were appointed in the Graeco-Roman world, before situating the image in the private commercial context of Roman Corinth. Examining the social and structural connotations attached to private commercial administration, Goodrich contemplates what Paul's metaphor indicates about apostleship in general terms as well as how he uses the image to defend his apostolic rights. He also analyses the purpose and limits of Paul's authority Ė how it is constructed, asserted, and contested Ė by examining when and how Paul uses and refuses to exercise the rights inherent in his position.

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

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Review by Kathy Ehrensperger
Published 5/17/2014
Citation: Kathy Ehrensperger, review of John K. Goodrich, Paul as an Administrator of God in 1 Corinthians, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2014).


Review by Korinna Zamfir
Published 5/17/2014
Citation: Korinna Zamfir, review of John K. Goodrich, Paul as an Administrator of God in 1 Corinthians, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2014).


Review by Jason Weaver
Published 5/17/2014
Citation: Jason Weaver, review of John K. Goodrich, Paul as an Administrator of God in 1 Corinthians, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2014).


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