Edited by Ron A. Cameron and Merrill Miller

In this collection of provocative and ambitious essays, participants in the SBL’s Seminar on Ancient Myths and Modern Theories of Christian Origins challenge traditional paradigms and reimagine the beginnings of Christian religion. Rather than assume that the gospel story has its foundation in the historical Jesus, a human encounter with transcendence, or the dramatic religious experience of individuals, contributors make use of social anthropology and propose that the beginnings of Christianity can be understood as reflexive social experiments. The first of three proposed volumes that launch a new and genuinely critical discourse about the history of early Christianities. Contributors include William E. Arnal, Willi Braun, Ron Cameron, Barry S. Crawford, Arthur J. Dewey, Burton L. Mack, Luther H. Martin, Christopher R. Matthews, Merrill P. Miller, Dennis E. Smith, Jonathan Z. Smith, and Stanley K. Stowers.

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Edited by Ron A. Cameron and Merrill Miller

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.