Secular and Christian Leadership in Corinth: A Socio-Historical and Exegetical Study of 1 Corinthians 1-6 (Paternoster Biblical Monographs)

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This volume is an investigation into the leadership structures and dynamics of first-century Roman Corinth. These are compared with the practice of leadership in the Corinthian Christian community which are reflected in 1 Corinthians 1 6, and contrasted with Paul's own principles of Christian leadership. Originally the author's doctoral thesis published as part of the Arbeiten zur Geschichte des antiken Judentums und des Urchristentumsseries by E.J. Brill. By comparing secular leadership in first century Corinthian society with leadership in the Corinthian church, it has been 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 volume has adopted the method of assessing the New Testament evidence in the light of its social and historical background. Both literary and non-literary sources, rather than modern sociological models, were employed in making the comparison.

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This volume traces the influences of third-century Corinthian secular leadership on local Church leadership as reflected in 1 Corinthians 1-6. It then shows how Paul modifies the Corinthian understanding of Church leadership. By comparing secular leadership in first-century Corinthian society with leadership in the Corinthian Church, it has been 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. The volume has adopted the method of assessing the New Testament evidence in the light of its social and historical background. Both literary and non-literary sources, rather than modern sociological models, were employed in making the comparison.

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'...sets a solid base for reading 1 Corinthians against its local social background.' John Proctor, Anvil, 1994. '...les references accumulees par l'a. concernant Corinthe sont importantes et ouvrent d'interessantes 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 conflicts between Paul and the Corinthians over church leadership.' Jeffrey S. Siker, The Catholic Biblical Quarterly, 1995.

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