The Apostle Paul is the most notable Christian missionary and perhaps the most influential New Testament author. The greatest theologians in the church’s history—Augustine, Calvin, Luther, Karl Barth, and others—have repeatedly turned to Paul, and the central doctrines of the church hinge on the theology found in Paul’s writings. Yet in recent decades, disputes over the historicity of Paul’s letters and the emergence of the New Perspective have led scholars to reevaluate central Pauline texts, leading to controversy, dispute, and a fractured understanding of Paul’s intent.
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.
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“in which the biblical text might inform an understanding and practice of leadership in churches today.” (Page xi)
“The thesis is that some from that élite Corinthian society also belonged to the Pauline community and that, both in practices adopted and perceptions of leadership in the church, some of these were strongly influenced by a secular model.” (Page 1)
“The high value placed upon status and the widespread love of honour, φιλοτιμία, was such that it became important to display one’s status in an ostentatious manner.” (Page 30)
“Status symbols were of vital importance to the social climbers in the ruling class” (Page 30)
“Many would have been on the look-out for further promotion in society and it is interesting that it was in Corinth that positions of city government were open to people of this socially mobile class of freedmen.” (Page 10)