|Publication Date: 22 Sep 2011|
|Publisher: SPCK Publishing|
|Page Count: 592|
|Author: Kenneth Bailey|
|ISBN-13: 9780281064557, 9780281067756|
Paul Through Mediterranean Eyes
In a set of connected essays, he draws the reader's attention to the letter's rootedness in the Hebrew prophetic tradition, the intentional theological structure of Paul's epistolary organization and the Near Eastern cultural practices that inflect Paul's rhetorical performance. All of this is brought to bear in teasing out the nature of Paul's response to the critical situations facing the Corinthian community: racial, ethnic and theological divisions, sexual misconduct, intimate interaction with pagan practices and disputes about church practices.
Bailey shows the relevance of prophetic and rabbinic forms of language, uses Arabic, Coptic and Syriac sources, and rightly stresses the coherence of this epistle and its theology of the cross. He is alert to intertextual resonances, and offers distinctive ideas. I warmly commend this work.
Ken Bailey is pure gold. No writer I can think of has been a greater help for teaching the Scriptures with freshness and clarity. What a gift to have his insights on Paul.
As he works through the letter Bailey, drawing on neglected Syriac commentaries and his Middle Eastern experiences, presents a gem laden exposition of 1 Corinthians that engages topics of Christian unity, the cross, living in a pagan culture, men and women in worship, and the resurrection. This is a study on 1 Corinthians like none other I have seen.