This volume traces the secular influences of first-century Roman Corinth on the local church leadership. It then shows how Paul modifies the Corinthian understanding of church leadership. Using 1 Corinthians 1-6 together with other first-century literary and non-literary sources, it is argued that one of Paul's major concerns with the church in Corinth is the extent to which significant members in the church were employing secular categories and perceptions of leadership in the Christian community. this updated edition also seeks to reflect on recent developments in 1 Corinthians scholarship.
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Andrew Clarke is currently a Senior Lecturer in New Testament at the University of Aberdeen and formerly the Research Librarian at Tyndale House, Cambridge. He has also published Serve the Community of the Church: Christians as Leaders and Ministers (First-Century Christians in the Greco-Roman World) (2000)Review:
'..".sets a solid base for reading 1 Corinthians against its local social background.'
John Proctor, "Anvil, 1994.
'..".les rifirences accumulies par l'a. concernant Corinthe sont importantes et ouvrent d'intiressantes pistes de recherche.'
A. Rakotoharintsifa, "Etudes Theologiques et Religieuses, 1994.
'"The method is sound and the results are impressive. Not only is much light shed on 1 Corinthians and on Roman Corinth but a different view of Pauline church leadership in general emerges.'
Brian S. Rosner, "The Expository Times, 1994.
'..".well researched and detailed study...This books should serve as an exemplar in applying appropriate material for the understanding and interpretation of the text in question.'
David W.J. Gill, "J.T.S., 1994.
'..".from a methodological standpoint this is a very significant work, for it brings a much-needed element of realism to the discussion of the structure of the early church.'
John S. Kloppenborg.
'..".well-researched and detailed study...'
David W.J. Gill, "Journal of Theological Studies, 1994.
'..".Clarke's study may be commended for what it adds to our understanding of Roman Corinth in Paul's day, and also for the connections that the author begins to make between the quest for rank and status in Corinthian society and certain issues in the Corinthian congregation.'
Victor Paul Furnish, "Journal of Biblical Literature, 1995.
'"In this work, Clarke gathers much useful information, particularly the epigraphic and numismatic evidence that is compiled in the appendix.'
Allen R. Hunt, "Religious Studies Review, 1995.
'"Clarke has produced a solid and helpful study that clarifies various conflictsbetween Paul and the Corinthians over church leadership.'
Jeffrey S. Siker, "The Catholic Biblical Quarterly, 1995.
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