The result of over thirty years of research and lecturing, Paul Through Mediterranean Eyes is a ground-breaking study of Pauls first epistle to the Corinthians. Bailey examines this canonical letter through the lenses of Pauls Jewish socio-cultural and rhetorical background and the Mediterranean context of the Corinthian recipients. In a set of connected essays, he draws the readers attention to the letters rootedness in the Hebrew prophetic tradition, the intentional theological structure of Pauls epistolary organization and the Near Eastern cultural practices that inflect Pauls rhetorical performance. All of this is brought to bear in teasing out the nature of Pauls response to the critical situations facing the Corinthian community: racial, ethnic and theological divisions, sexual misconduct, intimate interaction with pagan practices and disputes about church practices.

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