In The Social Ethos, David Horrell offers an exemplary study of how sociological perspectives can be used in New Testament studies. The focus of these studies is the Corinthian letters written by Paul and Clement's letter written from Rome to Corinth near the end of the first century. These letters provide a rich example of the social ethos of early Christian teaching and its development. It lifts the roof off the Corinthian church, allowing an assessment of how Pauline Christianity shaped relationships within the Christian community and how those relationships changed over time, as expressed in Clement's letter.
David G. Horrell is Lecturer in New Testament Studies in the Department of Theology, University of Exeter. He is the author of Solidarity and Difference: A Contemporary Reading of Paul’s Ethics.