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The Body for the Lord: Sex and Identity in 1 Corinthians 5–7

The Body for the Lord: Sex and Identity in 1 Corinthians 5–7

Alistair Scott May

| T&T Clark | 2004

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Alistair May explores the part played by sexual ethics and the rhetoric of sexual morality in the formation of Christian identity by focusing on the longest discussion of sex in the New Testament—1 Corinthians 5–7. Viewing this passage as a unified discourse, May considers how Paul’s ethics serve to give his converts a distinct identity. Although tools from the social sciences are used, the major focus of the work is in careful exegesis of the text.

Rev. Dr. Alistair S. May earned his Ph.D. at Glasgow University in 2001. He now serves as a Church of Scotland parish minister in Rutherglen.