After Paul Left Corinth
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After Paul Left Corinth gathers for the first time all the relevant extant material from literary, nonliterary, and archaeological sources on what life was like in the first-century Roman colony of Corinth. Using this evidence, Bruce Winter not only opens a fascinating vista on day-to-day living in the Graeco-Roman world but, more importantly, helps us understand what happened to the Christian community after Paul left Corinth. As Winter shows, the origin of many of the problems Paul dealt with in 1 Corinthians can be traced to culturally determined responses to aspects of life in Corinth. ??The significance of the role that culture played in the life of the Corinthian Christians has either been ignored or underestimated in explaining the reasons for their difficulties after Paul left. Winter first examines the extent to which Paul communicated alternative ways of behaving while he was in Corinth. Winter then explores the social changes that occurred in Corinth after Paul left. Severe grain shortages, the relocation of the Isthmian Games, the introduction of a new federal imperial cult, the withdrawal of kosher meat from the official marketall of these cultural events had a substantial impact on the life of the emerging Christian community. ??Accentuated with photos of relevant archaeological artifacts, this volume provides a significant new perspective from which to read Paul's Corinthian correspondence.
Rev. Dr. Bruce Winter (Ph.D., Macquarie Universuty) was formerly Warden of Tyndle House, Cambridge, he is now the Principal of Queensland Theological College, and Director of the Institute for Early Christianity in the Graeco-Roman World, Emmanuel College, University of Queensland, Senior Research Fellow,Macquarie University, Sydney and Visiting Scholar, St Edmunds College,University of Cambridge 2007-2111.
Dr Winter is the author of Roman Wives, Roman Widows: The Appearance of new' Roman womenand the Pauline Communities (Eerdmans, 2003); 1 Corinthians >(Cambridge Greek New Testament Texts and Commentaries series,(2010); 2 Corinthians (Zondervan Exegetical Commentary) and After Paul left Corinth: The Influence of Secular Ethics and Social Change (2001,Eerdmans)
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