Redescribing Paul and the Corinthians

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This second volume of studies by members of the SBL Seminar on Ancient Myths and Modern Theories of Christian Origins reassesses the agenda of modern scholarship on Paul and the Corinthians. The contributors challenge the theory of religion assumed in most New Testament scholarship and adopt a different set of theoretical and historical terms for redescribing the beginnings of the Christian religion. They propose explanations of the relationship between Paul and the recipients of 1 Corinthians; the place of Paul’s Christ-myth for his gospel; the reasons for a disinterest in and rejection of Paul’s gospel and/or for the reception and attraction of it; and the disjunction between Paul’s collective representation of the Corinthians in 1 Corinthians and the Corinthians’ own engagement with Paul in mythmaking and social formation, including mutual (mis)translation and (mis)appropriation of the other’s discourse and practices. The contributors are Ron Cameron and Merrill P. Miller, Jonathan Z. Smith, Burton L. Mack, William E. Arnal, Stanley K. Stowers, Richard S. Ascough, and John S. Kloppenborg.

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Ron Cameron is Professor of Religion at Wesleyan University. Merrill P. Miller is Professor of Religion, Emeritus, at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke. They are co-chairs of the SBL Seminar on Ancient Myths and Modern Theories of Christian Origins and co-editors of Redescribing Christian Origins (Society of Biblical Literature)
Introducing Paul and the Corinthians Ron Cameron and Merrill P. Miller Re: Corinthians Jonathan Z. Smith Rereading the Christ Myth: Paul’s Gospel and the Christ Cult Question Burton L. Mack Bringing Paul and the Corinthians Together? A Rejoinder and Some Proposals on Redescription and Theory William E. Arnal Kinds of Myth, Meals, and Power: Paul and the Corinthians Stanley K. Stowers Paul’s “Apocalypticism” and the Jesus Associations at Thessalonica and Corinth Richard S. Ascough Greco-Roman Thiasoi, the Ekklēsia at Corinth, and Conflict Management John S. Kloppenborg Does Pauline Christianity Resemble a Hellenistic Philosophy? Stanley K. Stowers Redescribing Paul and the Corinthians Ron Cameron and Merrill P. Miller Selected Bibliography Index of Ancient Texts Select Index of Modern Authors Index of Subjects Contributors