Paul's Theology of Preaching
"We preach Christ crucified: a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles, but to those whom God has called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God." When Paul preached about the crucified...
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"We preach Christ crucified: a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles, but to those whom God has called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God." When Paul preached about the crucified and risen Jesus Christ to the church at Corinth and elsewhere, did he follow the well-established rhetorical strategy of his day or did he pursue a different path? And what does that mean for the preaching of the church today? Through a detailed analysis of 1 Corinthians 1-4, Duane Litfin explores the rhetorical context of Paul's preaching and his own understanding of his task as a preacher. What is revealed in this investigation is a sharp distinction between Greco-Roman rhetorical strategies, which sought to persuade, and Paul's theology of preaching, which was based on the model of an obedient herald. This revised and expanded version of Litfin's previous St. Paul's Theology of Proclamation will provide insight to those engaged in Pauline and New Testament studies, rhetorical theory, and Greco-Roman studies. Moreover, by offering a better understanding of Paul's method as well as the content of his declaration concerning "the power and wisdom of God" revealed in Jesus, this book will help preachers as they undertake the ongoing task to "preach Christ crucified."
Litfin is serving in his eleventh year as president of Wheaton College in Illinois. He holds an undergraduate degree in biblical studies and a master's degree in theology as well as doctorates from Purdue University and Oxford University.
- "we Preach Christ Crucified: A Stumbling Block To Jews And Foolishness To Gentiles, But To Those Whom God Has Called, Both Jews And Greeks, Christ The Power Of God And The Wisdom Of God." When Paul Preached About The Crucified And Risen Jesus Christ To The Church At Corinth And Elsewhere, Did He Follow The Well-established Rhetorical Strategy Of His Day Or Did He Pursue A Different Path? And What Does That Mean For The Preaching Of The Church Today? Through A Detailed Analysis Of 1 Corinthians 1-4, Duane Litfin Explores The Rhetorical Context Of Paul's Preaching And His Own Understanding Of His Task As A Preacher. What Is Revealed In This Investigation Is A Sharp Distinction Between Greco-roman Rhetorical Strategies, Which Sought To Persuade, And Paul's Theology Of Preaching, Which Was Based On The Model Of An Obedient Herald. This Revised And Expanded Version Of Litfin's Previous <em>st. Paul's Theology Of Proclamation</em> Will Provide Insight To Those Engaged In Pauline And New Testament Studies, Rhetorical Theory, And Greco-roman Studies. Moreover, By Offering A Better Understanding Of Paul's Method As Well As The Content Of His Declaration Concerning "the Power And Wisdom Of God" Revealed In Jesus, This Book Will Help Preachers As They Undertake The Ongoing Task To "preach Christ Crucified."
- <strong>part I: Greco-roman Rhetoric</strong>
- 1. The Beginnings2. The Goal Of Rhetoric3. The Power Of Rhetoric4. The Reach Of Rhetoric5. The Genius Of Rhetoric6. The Appraisal Of Rhetoric7. The Hazards Of Rhetoric8. The Rewards Of Rhetoric9. The Grand Equation Of Rhetoric
- <strong>part Ii: 1 Corinthians 1?4</strong>
- 10. Paul And Rhetoric In Corinth11. The Setting Of 1 Corinthians 1?412. Paul's Argument Introduced: 1 Corinthians 1:1-1713. Paul's Argument Begun: 1 Corinthians 1:17-2014. Paul's Argument Encapsulated: 1 Corinthians 1:2115. Paul's Argument Continued: 1 Corinthians 1:22?2:516. Paul's Argument Completed: 1 Corinthians 2:6?4:21
- <strong>part Iii: Summary And Analysis</strong>
- 17. Paul's Ministry Model18. Final Questions19. Appropriate Strategies20. Conclusion: The Pauline Model
- Appendix One: Paul, Apollos And Philoappendix Two: The Book Of Actsappendix Three: Paul's Epistemologyappendix Four: Implications For Preachingappendix Five: Broader Implicationsworks Citedauthor Indexscripture Index